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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 disseminating
  • No one thought of making a fortune by disseminating his work in print.
  • It all went in giving employment or disseminating kindness.
  • Tsunami-warning networks have also saved lives by quickly disseminating alerts to coastal regions.
  • The linchpin of the process of producing and disseminating scholarship is peer review.
  • But higher education is all about facts, knowledge-learning how the world works and disseminating that information to others.
  • If students are taping and disseminating your property, they're violating your copyright.
  • But the nation's system for disseminating alerts is outdated.
  • No offence meant, but you should look things up before you comment on them, disseminating false information.
  • Individual instructors will come to find their own way of disseminating information to their heterogeneous make-up of students.
  • The past year also highlighted the leading role played by netizens in producing and disseminating news.
British Dictionary definitions for disseminating


(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 disseminating



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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