verb (used with object)
, distributed, distributing.
to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot.
to disperse through a space or over an area; spread; scatter.
to promote, sell, and ship or deliver (an item or line of merchandise) to individual customers, especially in a specified region or area.
to pass out or deliver (mail, newspapers, etc.) to intended recipients.
to divide into distinct phases:
The process was distributed into three stages.
to divide into classes:
These plants are distributed into 22 classes.
Logic. to employ (a term) in a proposition so as to refer to all individuals denoted by the term.
Physical Chemistry. to dissolve uniformly in a solvent consisting of layers of immiscible or partially miscible substances.
to roll out (ink) on the table to attain the proper consistency.
to return (type) to the proper place after printing.
1400–50; late Middle English
< Latin distribūtus,
past participle of distribuere
to divide up. See dis-1
distributable, adjectivepredistribute, verb (used with object), predistributed, predistributing.
assign, mete, apportion. Distribute, dispense
apply to giving out something. Distribute
implies apportioned, individualized giving, especially of something that is definite or limited in amount or number: The prizes were distributed among ten winners. Dispense
formerly implied indiscriminate, general, and liberal giving, especially of something that was more or less indefinite or unmeasured in amount: to dispense largess.
It now applies chiefly to giving according to need or deserts, from an organized and official source: to dispense medicines and food to the victims. 6.
dispose, sort, arrange, categorize.