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Examples of intersperse in a Sentence
You should intersperse these pictures evenly throughout the book.
Some seagulls were interspersed among the ducks.
Recent Examples of intersperse from the Web
The evening-length work — which Moran, Muldrow and an instrumental ensemble performed Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center — amounted to a kind of fantasia on Mingus compositions, interspersed with original work.
Dragon fruit trees and finger lime bushes are interspersed among cherimoya and avocado trees, and each fruit crop is enlisted to help others grow.
His playlist seems to consist largely of white noise, interspersed with snatches of Patsy Cline.
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Did You Know?
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)
INTERSPERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intersperse for English Language Learners
: to put (something) at different places among other things
: to put things at different places within (something)
INTERSPERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of intersperse for Students
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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