distribute

distribute [di strib′yo͞ot, di strib′yoot]
vt.
distributed, distributing [ME distributen < L distributus, pp. of distribuere, to distribute < dis-, apart + tribuere, to allot: see TRIBUTE]
1. to divide and give out in shares; allot
2. to scatter or spread out, as over a surface
3. to divide and arrange according to a classification; classify
4. to put (things) in various distinct places
5. Obs. to administer, as justice
6. Printing to break up (set type) and put the letters back in the proper boxes
7. Law to apportion (an intestate's property) to those entitled to it
8. Logic to use (a term) in such a way as to refer to all members of its extension
distributable
adj.
SYN.- DISTRIBUTE implies a dealing out of portions or a spreading about of units among a number of recipients [to distribute leaflets ]; DISPENSE suggests the careful measuring out of that which is distributed [to dispense drugs ]; DIVIDE suggests separation of a whole into parts to be shared [an inheritance divided among five children ]; DOLE1 implies a distributing of money, food, etc. in charity or in a sparing or niggardly manner

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  • distribute — distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole are comparable when they mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. Distribute implies either an apportioning among many by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts, and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distribute — dis·trib·ute /di stri byüt/ vt ut·ed, ut·ing 1: to divide among several or many: apportion 2: to give out or deliver esp. to members of a group see also dividend …   Law dictionary

  • distribute — dis‧trib‧ute [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] verb [transitive] 1. MARKETING COMMERCE to make goods available to customers after they have been produced: • The new products will be sold under the Lipton brand and distributed by Pepsi. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distributing}.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See {Tribute}.] 1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distribute — (v.) early 15c., to deal out or apportion, from L. distributus, pp. of distribuere to divide, distribute (see DISTRIBUTION (Cf. distribution)). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing …   Etymology dictionary

  • distribute — [v1] allocate, deliver, spread administer, allot, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, circulate, consign, convey, cut up, deal, deal out, diffuse, disburse, dish out*, dispense, disperse, dispose, disseminate, divide, divvy up*, dole out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. i. To make distribution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distribute — To sort mail in order to group pieces according to a plan or scheme …   Glossary of postal terms

  • distribute — should be pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, although (as with contribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …   Modern English usage

  • distribute — ► VERB 1) hand or share out to a number of recipients. 2) (be distributed) be spread over an area. 3) supply (goods) to retailers. DERIVATIVES distributable adjective. ORIGIN Latin distribuere divide up …   English terms dictionary

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