disperse

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verb dis·perse \di-ˈspərs\

Definition of disperse

dispersed

;

dispersing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: such asa archaic :  disseminate disperse the newsb physics :  to subject (as light) to dispersionc chemistry :  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. 2a :  to become dispersed the particles dispersed throughout the mixtureb :  dissipate, vanish the fog dispersed toward morning

dispersedly

play \-ˈspər-səd-lē, -ˈspərst-lē\ adverb

disperser

noun

dispersible

play \-ˈspər-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of disperse in a sentence

  1. Police ordered the crowd to disperse.

  2. the crowd dispersed once the show ended

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

disperse

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verb dis·perse \di-ˈspərs\

Definition of disperse for English Language Learners

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


DISPERSE Defined for Kids

disperse

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verb dis·perse \di-ˈspərs\

Definition of disperse for Students

dispersed

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dispersing

  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

dispersed

;

dispersing

  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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