- (transitive) To divide into portions and dispense.
- He distributed the bread amongst his followers.
- (transitive) To supply to retail outlets.
- The agency distributes newspapers to local shops.
- (transitive) To deliver or pass out.
- A network of children distributes flyers to every house.
- (transitive) To scatter or spread.
- I raked the soil then distributed grass seed.
- (transitive) To apportion (more or less evenly).
- The robot's six legs distributed its weight over a wide area.
- (transitive) To classify or separate into categories.
- The database distributed verbs into transitive and intransitive segments.
- (intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
- (printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
- (printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
- (logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
- A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to.
to distribute — see disperse
to divide into portions and dispense
to supply to retail outlets
to deliver or pass out
to scatter or spread
to classify or separate into categories
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Translations to be checked
- distribute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- distribute in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: wonderful · shook · fit · #945: distribute · ordinary · forms · complete
- distribute in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)