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disperse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of disperse

  1. 1 to go off in different directions and cease to exist as a body or unified whole the crowd dispersed once the show ended Synonyms of disperse disassemble, dissipate, dissolve, scatter Words Related to disperse branch (out), break up, disband, diverge, divide, fork, separate, spill; clear, disappear, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, go (away), melt Near Antonyms of disperse congregate, gather, meet

  2. 2 to cause (members of a group) to move widely apart the family of the missing woman dispersed searchers to all corners of the national park Synonyms of disperse clear out, disband, dispel, scatter, dissipate, squanderWords Related to disperse break up, isolate, part, segregate, separate, split (up); diffuse, disseminate, diverge, spreadNear Antonyms of disperse agglutinate, conglomerate; unify, uniteAntonyms of disperse assemble, cluster, collect, concentrate, congregate, gather, ingather

  3. 3 to cease to exist or cause to cease to exist as a group or organization the campaign staff dispersed almost immediately after the election Synonyms of disperse break up, disband, dissolveWords Related to disperse demobilizeNear Antonyms of disperse incorporate; consolidate; hang togetherAntonyms of disperse band, join, unite

Synonym Discussion of disperse

scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions.
    • the bowling ball scattered the pins
disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group.
    • police dispersed the crowd
dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance.
    • the fog was dissipated by the morning sun
dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering.
    • an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt


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