Definition of intersperse
- intersperse a book with pictures
- interspersing drawings throughout the text
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You should intersperse these pictures evenly throughout the book.
Some seagulls were interspersed among the ducks.
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Intersperse derives from Latin interspersus, formed by combining the familiar prefix inter- ("between or among") with "sparsus," the past participle of spargere, meaning "to scatter." In "sparsus" one finds an ancestor to our adjective "sparse," as well as a relative of "spark." (The relationship of "spark" to a word that describes something being scattered about makes sense when you think of sparks bursting or scattering off a flame.) "Intersperse" is often followed by the preposition "with," as in "a straggling street of comfortable white and red houses, interspersed with abundant shady trees." (H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds)
: to put (something) at different places among other things
: to put things at different places within (something)
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