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DISPERSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disperse mean? 

DISPERSE (verb)
  The verb DISPERSE has 5 senses:

1. distribute loosely
2. to cause to separate and go in different directions
3. move away from each other
4. cause to separate
5. cause to become widely known

  Familiarity information: DISPERSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISPERSE (verb)


Sense 1disperse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distribute loosely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sprinkle; disperse; dot; scatter; dust

Context example:

He scattered gun powder under the wagon

Hypernyms (to "disperse" is one way to...):

discharge (pour forth or release)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disperse"):

aerosolise; aerosolize (disperse as an aerosol)

bespangle (dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects)

splash; splosh; sprinkle (cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force)

plash; spatter; splash; splatter; splosh; swash (dash a liquid upon or against)

spray (be discharged in sprays of liquid)

spray (scatter in a mass or jet of droplets)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2disperse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cause to separate and go in different directions

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

break up; dissipate; scatter; dispel; disperse

Context example:

She waved her hand and scattered the crowds

Hypernyms (to "disperse" is one way to...):

divide; separate (make a division or separation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disperse"):

disband (cause to break up or cease to function)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3disperse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move away from each other

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

scatter; dissipate; disperse; spread out

Context examples:

The crowds dispersed / The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached

Hypernyms (to "disperse" is one way to...):

part; separate; split (go one's own way; move apart)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disperse"):

aerosolise; aerosolize (become dispersed as an aerosol)

break (scatter or part)

volley (be dispersed in a volley)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4disperse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to separate

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

disperse; scatter; break up

Context examples:

break up kidney stones / disperse particles

Hypernyms (to "disperse" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disperse"):

backscatter (scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5disperse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to become widely known

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

disseminate; pass around; circulate; diffuse; circularise; broadcast; circularize; disperse; spread; distribute; propagate

Context examples:

spread information / circulate a rumor / broadcast the news

Hypernyms (to "disperse" is one way to...):

air; bare; publicise; publicize (make public)

Cause:

circulate; go around; spread (become widely known and passed on)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disperse"):

sough; sow (introduce into an environment)

generalise; generalize; popularise; popularize; vulgarise; vulgarize (cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use)

carry; run (include as the content; broadcast or publicize)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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