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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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  • He was intimately acquainted with the Berlin sage, and undertook to disseminate the Pentateuch translation in Alsace.

  • I mention these to show the type of stuff Steele is willing to disseminate—if he is paid for it.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • With him painting was an instrument to disseminate the inventions of his poetic-satiric humour; it was a form of speech to him.

  • This is the fallacy the "System" spends millions every year to foster and disseminate.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Repeatedly, however, it had been suggested that it might disseminate disease.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • It is the duty of the university to add to knowledge as well as to disseminate it.

  • They do not disseminate the little, outdated knowledge that they do possess.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
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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