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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
Visits to a birch syrup maker, an oyster farm and the famous cooking school at Tutka Bay Lodge are interspersed with wilderness adventures including dog sledding on a glacier and wildlife watching.
At the White House, Trump continued his peculiar pattern of interspersing encouragement to GOP senators trying to tear down Obama's 2010 statute with more elusive remarks.
Councilman at-large Jason Russell and Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Frank gave the city's presentation Wednesday, which was interspersed often with residents' questions.
Extremely slow brain waves called delta waves appear, interspersed with smaller, faster waves.
Couples who looked at images of puppies, babies and pizza, interspersed with photos of their spouse for six minutes every three days reported being more happily married after six weeks.
The images are interspersed with facts about the state and its business climate.
Like many European food halls, produce stands and butchers are interspersed with small bars and eateries.
The author’s own experiences of learning to love running almost by accident are interspersed with sections of cultural criticism, and a surprising history of women’s running as a sport.
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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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