Definition of disperse
1a : to cause to break up (see break up 1a) police dispersed the crowdb : to cause to become spread widely disperse the troopsc : to cause to evaporate or vanish sunlight dispersing the mist
2 : to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: such asa archaic : disseminate disperse the newsb physics : to subject to dispersion (see dispersion 4) disperse lightc chemistry : to distribute (something, such as fine particles) more or less evenly throughout a medium
1 : to break up in random fashion the crowd dispersed on request
dispersedlyplay \-ˈspər-səd-lē, -ˈspərst-lē\ adverb
dispersibleplay \-ˈspər-sə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of disperse in a Sentence
Police ordered the crowd to disperse.
the crowd dispersed once the show ended
Recent Examples of disperse from the Web
In the end, only the threat of cannon fire managed to disperse the crowds, and when the chaos cleared, 18 lay dead and dozens more injured, many of them bystanders.
The net is said to disperse the liquid evenly for smoother coverage.
Police and paramilitary soldiers fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Additional officers were asked to help disperse the crowd when a woman ran up and said there were several women fighting in a nearby parking lot on 18th Avenue, the affidavit said.
The county dispersed the money after asking nonprofits that lost out on HUD funds to trim budgets and pursue other revenue sources.
Police dispersed the crowds in Taksim and prevented a press statement but activists went live on Facebook, reading the statement, from multiple points in the city.
The following year, authorities banned the march in a surprise move citing public order and dispersed the crowds.
Although our access to goods is being dispersed through distribution channels such as Amazon, people still need to congregate for other types of commerce.
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Synonym Discussion of disperse
DISPERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disperse for English Language Learners
: to go or move in different directions : to spread apart
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Definition of disperse for Students
: to break up and scatter The clouds dispersed.
Medical Definition of disperse
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