# distribute

## verb

dis·trib·ute
di-ˈstri-byüt

also

-byət
British also ˈdi-stri-ˌbyüt

distributed; distributing

1

**:**to divide among several or many

**:**apportion

distribute expenses

distributes toys to needy children

2

a

**:**to spread out so as to cover something

**:**scatter

evenly distribute the seeds

b

**:**to give out or deliver especially to members of a group

distribute newspapers

distribute leaflets

distribute a TV show to local stations

c

**:**to place or position so as to be properly apportioned over or throughout an area

200 pounds

*distributed*on a 6-foot framedistribute the frosting around the top and sides of the cake

d

logic

**:**to use (a term) so as to convey information about every member of the class namedThe proposition "all men are mortal" distributes "man" but not "mortal."

3

a

**:**to divide or separate especially into kinds

*distributing*specimens into their proper classes

b

**:**to return the units of (something, such as typeset matter) to storage

4

**:**to use in or as an operation so as to be mathematically distributive (see distributive sense 3a)

Addition is not

*distributed*over multiplication.
mathematics

**:**to be mathematically distributivemultiplication distributes over addition

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