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DISTRIBUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distribute mean? 

DISTRIBUTE (verb)
  The verb DISTRIBUTE has 10 senses:

1. administer or bestow, as in small portions
2. distribute or disperse widely
3. make available
4. give out
5. cause to be distributed
6. cause to become widely known
7. spread throughout a given area
8. be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
9. be mathematically distributive
10. to arrange in a systematic order

  Familiarity information: DISTRIBUTE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTRIBUTE (verb)


Sense 1distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Administer or bestow, as in small portions

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

shell out; parcel out; mete out; dole out; distribute; dispense; dish out; deal out; lot; administer; allot; deal

Context examples:

administer critical remarks to everyone present / dole out some money / shell out pocket money for the children / deal a blow to someone

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

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

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

allot; assign; portion (give out or allot)

reallot (allot again)

deal (distribute to the players in a game)

apply; give (give or convey physically)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distribute or disperse widely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

spread; distribute

Context example:

The invaders spread their language all over the country

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

diffuse; fan out; spread; spread out (move outward)

sprawl; straggle (go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way)

redistribute (distribute anew)

deploy (to distribute systematically or strategically)

propagate (transmit or cause to broaden or spread)

export (cause to spread in another part of the world)

straw; strew (spread by scattering ()

discharge (pour forth or release)

metastasise; metastasize (spread throughout the body)

generalise; generalize (become systemic and spread throughout the body)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make available

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia

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

transfer (cause to change ownership)

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

issue; supply (circulate or distribute or equip with)

reticulate (distribute by a network, as of water or electricity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue distribute the movie


Sense 4distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give out

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

hand out; pass out; give out; distribute

Context example:

The teacher handed out the exams

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

gift; give; present (give as a present; make a gift of)

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

apportion; deal; divvy up; portion out; share (give out as one's portion or share)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 5distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be distributed

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pass around; circulate; distribute; pass on

Context example:

This letter is circulating among the faculty

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

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

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

scatter; spread; spread out (strew or distribute over an area)

utter (put into circulation)

send around (forward to others)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 6distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to become widely known

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

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

Context examples:

spread information / circulate a rumor / broadcast the news

Hypernyms (to "distribute" 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 "distribute"):

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


Sense 7distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread throughout a given area

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

the function distributes the values evenly

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

scatter; spread; spread out (strew or distribute over an area)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 8distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Values distribute

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

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 9distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be mathematically distributive

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

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

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 10distribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To arrange in a systematic order

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

stagger; distribute

Context example:

stagger the chairs in the lecture hall

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

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

Sentence frames:

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


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