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dis·trib·ute

 (dĭ-strĭb′yo͞ot)
v. dis·trib·ut·ed, dis·trib·ut·ing, dis·trib·utes
v.tr.
1. To divide and dispense in portions.
2.
a. To supply (goods) to retailers.
b. To deliver or pass out: distributing handbills on the street.
3.
a. To place in separate pieces or examples over an area; scatter: distribute grass seed over the lawn.
b. To apportion so as to be evenly spread throughout a given area: 180 pounds of muscle that were well distributed over his 6-foot frame.
4. To separate into categories; classify.
5. Logic To use (a term) so as to include all individuals or entities of a given class.
v.intr.
Mathematics To be distributive. If a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then × distributes over +.

[Middle English distributen, from Latin distribuere, distribūt- : dis-, apart; see dis- + tribuere, to give; see tribute.]
Synonyms: distribute, apportion, divide, dispense, dole1, deal1, ration
These verbs mean to give out in portions or shares. Distribute is the least specific: The government distributed land to settlers.
Apportion and divide imply giving out portions, often equal, on the basis of a plan or purpose: The funds were apportioned to each school district. The estate will be divided among the heirs.
Dispense stresses the careful determination of portions, often according to measurement or weight: The pharmacist dispensed the medication.
Dole, often followed by out, implies careful, usually sparing measurement of portions. It can refer to the distribution of charity: The city doled out surplus milk to the needy.
Deal implies orderly, equitable distribution, often piece by piece: I dealt five cards to each player.
Ration refers to equitable division in limited portions of scarce, often necessary, items: The government rationed fuel during the war.

distribute

(dɪˈstrɪbjuːt)
vb (tr)
1. to give out in shares; dispense
2. to hand out or deliver: to distribute handbills.
3. (often passive) to spread throughout a space or area: gulls are distributed along the west coast.
4. (often passive) to divide into classes or categories; classify: these books are distributed in four main categories.
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing to return (used type) to the correct positions in the type case
6. (Logic) logic to incorporate in a distributed term of a categorial proposition
7. (Mathematics) maths logic to expand (an expression containing two operators) in such a way that the precedence of the operators is changed; for example, distributing multiplication over addition in a(b + c) yields ab + ac
8. (Law) obsolete to dispense (justice)
[C15: from Latin distribuere from dis-1 + tribuere to give]
disˈtributable adj

dis•trib•ute

(dɪˈstrɪb yut)

v.t. -ut•ed, -ut•ing.
1. to divide and give out in shares; allot.
2. to spread throughout a space or over an area; scatter.
3. to pass out or deliver: to distribute pamphlets.
4. to sell (merchandise) in a specified area.
5. to divide into distinct phases.
6. to divide into classes.
7. (in logic) to employ (a term) so as to refer to all individuals denoted by it.
[1400–50; < Latin distribūtus, past participle of distribuere to divide up. See dis-1, tribute]
dis•trib′ut•a•ble, adj.

distribute


Past participle: distributed
Gerund: distributing

Imperative
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distribute
Present
I distribute
you distribute
he/she/it distributes
we distribute
you distribute
they distribute
Preterite
I distributed
you distributed
he/she/it distributed
we distributed
you distributed
they distributed
Present Continuous
I am distributing
you are distributing
he/she/it is distributing
we are distributing
you are distributing
they are distributing
Present Perfect
I have distributed
you have distributed
he/she/it has distributed
we have distributed
you have distributed
they have distributed
Past Continuous
I was distributing
you were distributing
he/she/it was distributing
we were distributing
you were distributing
they were distributing
Past Perfect
I had distributed
you had distributed
he/she/it had distributed
we had distributed
you had distributed
they had distributed
Future
I will distribute
you will distribute
he/she/it will distribute
we will distribute
you will distribute
they will distribute
Future Perfect
I will have distributed
you will have distributed
he/she/it will have distributed
we will have distributed
you will have distributed
they will have distributed
Future Continuous
I will be distributing
you will be distributing
he/she/it will be distributing
we will be distributing
you will be distributing
they will be distributing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been distributing
you have been distributing
he/she/it has been distributing
we have been distributing
you have been distributing
they have been distributing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been distributing
you will have been distributing
he/she/it will have been distributing
we will have been distributing
you will have been distributing
they will have been distributing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been distributing
you had been distributing
he/she/it had been distributing
we had been distributing
you had been distributing
they had been distributing
Conditional
I would distribute
you would distribute
he/she/it would distribute
we would distribute
you would distribute
they would distribute
Past Conditional
I would have distributed
you would have distributed
he/she/it would have distributed
we would have distributed
you would have distributed
they would have distributed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.distribute - administer or bestow, as in small portionsdistribute - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
allot, portion, assign - give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"
reallot - allot again; "They were realloted additional farm land"
deal - distribute cards to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
apply, give - give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
2.distribute - distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
generalise, generalize - become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system"
metastasise, metastasize - spread throughout the body; "the cancer had metastasized and the patient could not be saved"
discharge - pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
strew, straw - spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all over the carpet"
export - cause to spread in another part of the world; "The Russians exported Marxism to Africa"
propagate - transmit or cause to broaden or spread; "This great civilization was propagated throughout the land"
deploy - to distribute systematically or strategically; "The U.S. deploys its weapons in the Middle East"
redistribute - distribute anew; "redistribute the troops more strategically"
sprawl, straggle - go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far"
diffuse, fan out, spread out, spread - move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
3.distribute - make available; "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"
transfer - cause to change ownership; "I transferred my stock holdings to my children"
issue, supply - circulate or distribute or equip with; "issue a new uniform to the children"; "supply blankets for the beds"
reticulate - distribute by a network, as of water or electricity
4.distribute - give to several people; "The teacher handed out the exams"
gift, present, give - give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
divvy up, portion out, apportion, share, deal - give out as one's portion or share
5.distribute - cause be distributed; "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
send around - forward to others; "he is sending around an appeal for funds"
utter - put into circulation; "utter counterfeit currency"
spread out, scatter, spread - strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
6.distribute - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
publicize, bare, publicise, air - make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare"
podcast - distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
sow - introduce into an environment; "sow suspicion or beliefs"
circulate, go around, spread - become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"
popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize, generalise, generalize - cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use; "They popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors"
carry, run - include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference"
7.distribute - spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes the values evenly"
spread out, scatter, spread - strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
distribute - be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses; "Values distribute"
8.distribute - be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses; "Values distribute"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
distribute - spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes the values evenly"
9.distribute - be mathematically distributive
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
10.distribute - to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

distribute

verb
1. hand out, dispense, give out, dish out (informal), disseminate, deal out, disburse, pass round Students shouted slogans and distributed leaflets.
2. circulate, deliver, transmit, convey to distribute a national newspaper
3. share, give, deal, divide, assign, administer, allocate, dispose, dispense, allot, mete out, dole out, apportion, measure out He began to distribute jobs among his friends.
4. spread, scatter, disperse, diffuse, disseminate, strew Break the exhibition up and distribute it around existing museums.

distribute

verb
1. To give out in portions or shares:
Slang: divvy.
2. To pass (something) out:
3. To extend over a wide area:
4. To assign to a class or classes:
Translations
مُوَزَّع، مُنْتَشِريُوَزِّعيُوَزِّعُ
rozdatrozdělitrozmístitroznéstrozšířit
distribuerefordeleomdeleuddele
jakaajakautualajitellalevittääluokitella
distribuirati
dreifaúthluta
配る
분배하다
dalinimasdalintiišsibarstytipaplistiskirstymas
dalītizdalītizplatītsadalīt
prodajatirazdeliti
distribuerasprida
แจกจ่าย
phân phối

distribute

[dɪsˈtrɪbjuːt] VT (= deal out, spread out) → repartir (Comm) [+ goods] → distribuir

distribute

[dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] vt
(= hand out) [+ food, leaflets] → distribuer
(= share out) [+ resources, profits, work] → répartir
(= supply) [+ goods] (to shops)distribuer

distribute

vtverteilen (→ to an +acc); informationverbreiten; (Comm) goodsvertreiben (→ to, among an +acc); drugshandeln mit (to bei); filmsverleihen (→ to an +acc); dividendsausschütten (→ to an +acc); the cells are widely distributed throughout the bodydie Zellen sind im ganzen Körper verbreitet; your weight should be evenly distributedIhr Gewicht sollte gleichmäßig verteilt sein

distribute

[dɪsˈtrɪˌbjuːt] vt (leaflets, prizes, load) → distribuire; (tasks) → ripartire

distribute

(diˈstribjut) verb
1. to divide (something) among several (people); to deal out. He distributed sweets to all the children in the class.
2. to spread out widely. Our shops are distributed all over the city.
ˌdistriˈbution (-ˈbjuː-) noun

distribute

يُوَزِّعُ roznést distribuere verteilen διανέμω distribuir jakaa distribuer distribuirati distribuire 配る 분배하다 distribueren fordele rozprowadzić distribuir распределять sprida แจกจ่าย dağıtmak phân phối 分配

distribute

v. distribuir, dispensar, repartir.
References in classic literature ?
Arobin had sent them, and had had Celestine distribute them during Edna's absence.
When this edition appeared, twenty thousand copies were sent to the stockyards district; and they were taken out and stowed away in the rear of a little cigar store, and every evening, and on Sundays, the members of the Packingtown locals would get armfuls and distribute them on the streets and in the houses.
Several times she appeared suddenly among them, with her hands full of candy, nuts, and oranges, which she would distribute joyfully to them, and then be gone again.
Fourthly, I would reorganizes the sexes, and distribute them accordingly to the will of the creator.
With large business sagacity and an executive capacity which must have been inherited from their father, they now proposed to extend their operations to a larger area and distribute soap to contiguous villages, if these villages could be induced to buy.
Half the sum my present necessities compel me to accept; of the remaining half, distribute one moiety among yourselves, sir squires, and divide the other half betwixt the heralds and the pursuivants, and minstrels, and attendants.
In the same way, it is clearly the social duty of the telephone company to widen out its system until every point is covered, and then to distribute its gross charges as fairly as it can.
At this Sancho awoke, and feeling this mass almost on top of him fancied he had the nightmare and began to distribute fisticuffs all round, of which a certain share fell upon Maritornes, who, irritated by the pain and flinging modesty aside, paid back so many in return to Sancho that she woke him up in spite of himself.
Meanwhile the King in great wrath had risen to depart, first signing the judges to distribute the prizes.
If then the Count meant to scatter these ghastly refuges of his over London, these places were chosen as the first of delivery, so that later he might distribute more fully.

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