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distribute

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1 to arrange or assign according to type

  • distribute the assignments according to seniority
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2 to give as a share or portion

  • committed to distributing the school's limited scholarship money so that it benefits more students
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3 to give out (something) to appropriate individuals

  • distributed pamphlets on recycling to everyone in the neighborhood
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distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts.
    • distributed food to the needy
dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need.
    • dispensed wisdom to the students
divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal.
    • three charitable groups divided the proceeds
deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece.
    • deal out equipment and supplies
dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply.
    • doled out what little food there was


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