in·​ter·​sperse | \ ˌin-tər-ˈspərs How to pronounce intersperse (audio) \
interspersed; interspersing

Definition of intersperse

transitive verb

1 : to insert at intervals among other things interspersing drawings throughout the text
2 : to place something at intervals in or among intersperse a book with pictures

Other Words from intersperse

interspersion \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈspər-​zhən How to pronounce intersperse (audio) , -​shən \ noun

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Intersperse comes from Latin interspersus, a combination of the prefix inter- ("between or among") and sparsus, the past participle of spargere, meaning "to scatter." Sparsus is also the source of sparse.

Examples of intersperse in a Sentence

You should intersperse these pictures evenly throughout the book. Some seagulls were interspersed among the ducks.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than tell the story in a linear fashion, following Sunja’s life, Hugh chose to intersperse her story with that of her grandson’s. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Rubin, being a columnist, does intersperse some opinion and analysis into her storytelling. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 When ready to make the drink, intersperse the watermelon ice cubes with regular ice and cucumber wheels. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Only Weir could intersperse rocket science with dad jokes and create a memorable space MacGyver in Grace, who can science his way out of any situation., 13 May 2021 Choose three stories that are best suited to intersperse into this project. Esther Choy, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 However, the wide receivers still struggled to get open deep, so the Tigers were mostly only able to intersperse short and medium passes in with the runs. Giana Han, al, 5 Dec. 2020 During the week, Noble and her fellow teachers see paying students for riding lessons and intersperse those sessions with free classes for Humble. Tony Bravo,, 30 Oct. 2020 The first is to plant in large blocks, the second to intersperse them among existing perennials. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of intersperse

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for intersperse

Latin interspersus interspersed, from inter- + sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter — more at spark

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in·​ter·​sperse | \ ˌin-tər-ˈspərs How to pronounce intersperse (audio) \
interspersed; interspersing

Kids Definition of intersperse

1 : to put (something) here and there among other things The publisher interspersed pictures throughout the book.
2 : to put things at various places in or among Sunshine was interspersed with clouds.

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