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disperse

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verb dis·perse \di-ˈspərs\

Simple Definition of disperse

  • : to go or move in different directions : to spread apart

Full Definition of disperse

dis·perseddis·pers·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to break up <police dispersed the crowd> b :  to cause to become spread widely c :  to cause to evaporate or vanish <sunlight dispersing the mist>

  3. 2 :  to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: as a archaic :  disseminate b :  to subject (as light) to dispersion c :  to distribute (as fine particles) more or less evenly throughout a medium

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to break up in random fashion <the crowd dispersed on request>

  6. 2 a :  to become dispersed b :  dissipate, vanish <the fog dispersed toward morning>

dis·persed·ly play \-ˈspər-səd-lē, -ˈspərst-lē\ adverb
dis·pers·er noun
dis·pers·ible play \-ˈspər-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of disperse

  1. Police ordered the crowd to disperse.

  2. <the crowd dispersed once the show ended>



Origin of disperse

Middle English, from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere to scatter, from dis- + spargere to scatter — more at spark


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of disperse

scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions <the bowling ball scattered the pins>. disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group <police dispersed the crowd>. dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance <the fog was dissipated by the morning sun>. dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering <an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt>.

DISPERSE Defined for Kids

disperse

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verb dis·perse \di-ˈspərs\

Definition of disperse

dis·perseddis·pers·ing

  1. :  to break up and scatter <The clouds dispersed.>




Medical Dictionary

disperse

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verb dis·perse \dis-ˈpərs\

Medical Definition of disperse

dis·perseddis·pers·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: asa:  to subject (as light) to dispersionb:  to distribute (as fine particles) more or less evenly throughout a medium

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become dispersed





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