dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə-\

Definition of distributor

1 : one that distributes
2 : one that markets a commodity especially : wholesaler
3 : an apparatus for directing the secondary current from the induction coil to the various spark plugs of an engine in their proper firing order

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Unfortunately, even then, generous settlements with drug firms and distributors will not foot the entire bill. The Economist, "Legal settlements alone will not solve America’s opioid crisis," 29 Aug. 2019 In a deal announced on Tuesday (Aug. 27), Standard Bank invested $4 million into Nomanini, a fintech firm that connects banks and distributors ​​​​​​​to informal merchants. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s biggest bank is going after the continent’s informal markets," 28 Aug. 2019 The deluge of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, marketers and distributors has been fueled by an epidemic that has killed more than 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC). Fox News, "Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits," 27 Aug. 2019 Obviously, networks and distributors wouldn't bankroll such content if there wasn't a loyal, even burgeoning audience for true crime, so the public's complicity can't be overlooked. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Mindhunter' wades back into crowded pool of serial killer TV," 16 Aug. 2019 Cinq, a technology driven record label, distributor and rights management company, will use the funding to purchase music rights, both masters and publishing, and to further expand internationally. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Cinq Music Gets $40 Million in Funding From GoDigital Media Group," 13 Aug. 2019 Reyes Beverage Group, one of the biggest food and drink distributors in the nation, is buying DBI Beverage for an undisclosed amount that some reports have pegged at about $400 million. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "Beer buyout: 1,079 losing jobs in Bay Area and beyond," 6 Aug. 2019 Pharmaceutical companies also fell on Thursday after the White House withdrew a plan to overhaul the rebates that drugmakers pay insurers and distributors. CBS News, "First Dow 27,000, now S&P 3,000, as U.S. stocks march ever higher," 12 July 2019 In other cases, banks act as distributors for existing trust funds. WSJ, "Strains Emerge in China’s $3 Trillion Financing Market," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of distributor

: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods
technical : a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine


dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə-\

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: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods

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