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[dih-sem-uh-neyt] /dɪˈsɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), disseminated, disseminating.
to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse:
to disseminate information about preventive medicine.
Origin of disseminate
1595-1605; < Latin dissēminātus (past participle of dissēmināre; dis- dis-1 + sēmināre to sow), equivalent to dis- + sēmin- (stem of sēmen seed) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
undisseminated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disseminate
  • The goal of a university is to produce and disseminate knowledge.
  • The university presses share the libraries' mission to disseminate scholarship.
  • Both campaigns have raised about $1 million to disseminate their messages.
  • The mission of the academy is to discover and disseminate knowledge.
  • Of course, the Internet can disseminate the same information, and much more.
  • In order to hunt and gather food, they must collect information and disseminate it.
  • One project is devoted to using radio to disseminate market and weather information.
  • Various universities have projects running to disseminate lectures via podcast.
  • In unionized companies, shop stewards can generally be trusted to disseminate that information.
  • Demand for the data we disseminate is only growing.
British Dictionary definitions for disseminate


(transitive) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse
Derived Forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dissēmināre, from dis-1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for disseminate

c.1600, from Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare "to spread abroad, disseminate," from dis- "in every direction" (see dis-) + seminare "to plant, propagate," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Related: Disseminated; disseminates; disseminating. Middle English had dissemen "to scatter" (early 15c.).

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