intersperse

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verb in·ter·sperse \ˌin-tər-ˈspərs\

Definition of intersperse

interspersed

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interspersing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place something at intervals in or among intersperse a book with pictures

  3. 2 :  to insert at intervals among other things interspersing drawings throughout the text

interspersion

play \ˌin-tər-ˈspər-zhən, -shən\ noun

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Examples of intersperse in a sentence

  1. You should intersperse these pictures evenly throughout the book.

  2. Some seagulls were interspersed among the ducks.

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)

Origin and Etymology of intersperse

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


First Known Use: 1566


INTERSPERSE Defined for English Language Learners

intersperse

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verb in·ter·sperse \ˌin-tər-ˈspərs\

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

intersperse

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verb in·ter·sperse \ˌin-tər-ˈspərs\

Definition of intersperse for Students

interspersed

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interspersing

  1. 1 :  to put (something) here and there among other things The publisher interspersed pictures throughout the book.

  2. 2 :  to put things at various places in or among Sunshine was interspersed with clouds.



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