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intersperse

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verb in·ter·sperse \ˌin-tər-ˈspərs\

Simple Definition of intersperse

  • : to put (something) at different places among other things

  • : to put things at different places within (something)

Full Definition of intersperse

in·ter·spersedin·ter·spers·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place something at intervals in or among <intersperse a book with pictures>

  3. 2 :  to insert at intervals among other things <interspersing drawings throughout the text>

in·ter·sper·sion play \-ˈspər-zhən, -shən\ noun

Examples of intersperse

  1. You should intersperse these pictures evenly throughout the book.

  2. Some seagulls were interspersed among the ducks.



Origin of intersperse

Latin interspersus interspersed, from inter- + sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter — more at spark


First Known Use: 1566



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