dis·​sem·​i·​na·​tion di-ˌse-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce dissemination (audio)
: the act or process of disseminating or spreading something : the state of being disseminated
the dissemination of ideas
And thanks to the emergence of social media as the increasingly dominant mode of information dissemination, are we nearing a time when truth itself will become just another commodity to be bought and sold on the social-media markets?Michael Hirschorn
For centuries, translating a text signified that it was essential, worthy of preservation and dissemination.Aviya Kushner
Although the Hong Kong flu outbreak was associated with comparatively few deaths worldwide, the virus was highly contagious, a factor that facilitated its rapid global dissemination.Kara Rogers

Examples of dissemination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Asked about antisemitism online in a recent briefing with journalists, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China’s laws prohibit the dissemination of extremism, ethnic hatred, discrimination and violence on the internet. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 In many professions, an AI system’s ability to absorb and process vast amounts of literature at superhuman speed will also accelerate both the pace and the dissemination of research and innovation. James Manyika and Michael Spence, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Police department counselors are available to assist them in coping with the emotional trauma caused by the dissemination. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 6 Nov. 2023 Her plea stems from her apparent culpability in the theft and dissemination of voting-machine software, election data, and ballots in Coffee County. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 All these performances, though, are connected to New York City Ballet, because the dissemination of his works remains a matter of lineage — of connections to Balanchine. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2023 And oftentimes disinformation, the intentional dissemination of inaccurate material to back up your own narrative or your own side of the story, then turns into misinformation when people share it. WIRED, 19 Oct. 2023 New regulations that encourage accountability might have an inadvertently chilling effect on the dissemination of news online. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2023 In our view, copyright law is clear that the American public is the beneficiary of the law, and the public benefits when the generation and dissemination of works is encouraged, regardless of how the works are made. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissemination was in 1615

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“Dissemination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissemination. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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