distribute

[dih-strib-yoot]
verb (used with object), distributed, distributing.
1.
to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot.
2.
to disperse through a space or over an area; spread; scatter.
3.
to promote, sell, and ship or deliver (an item or line of merchandise) to individual customers, especially in a specified region or area.
4.
to pass out or deliver (mail, newspapers, etc.) to intended recipients.
5.
to divide into distinct phases: The process was distributed into three stages.
6.
to divide into classes: These plants are distributed into 22 classes.
7.
Logic. to employ (a term) in a proposition so as to refer to all individuals denoted by the term.
8.
Physical Chemistry. to dissolve uniformly in a solvent consisting of layers of immiscible or partially miscible substances.
9.
Printing.
a.
to roll out (ink) on the table to attain the proper consistency.
b.
to return (type) to the proper place after printing.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin distribūtus, past participle of distribuere to divide up. See dis-1, tribute

distributable, adjective
predistribute, verb (used with object), predistributed, predistributing.


1. 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.
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distribute (dɪˈstrɪbjuːt)
 
vb
1.  to give out in shares; dispense
2.  to hand out or deliver: to distribute handbills
3.  (often passive) to spread throughout a space or area: gulls are distributed along the west coast
4.  (often passive) to divide into classes or categories; classify: these books are distributed in four main categories
5.  printing to return (used type) to the correct positions in the type case
6.  logic to incorporate in a distributed term of a categorial proposition
7.  maths, logic to expand an expression containing two operators in such a way that the precedence of the operators is changed; for example, distributing multiplication over addition in a(b + c) yields ab + ac
8.  obsolete to dispense (justice)
 
[C15: from Latin distribuere from dis-1 + tribuere to give]
 
dis'tributable
 
adj

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distribute
mid-15c., from L. distribut-, pp. stem of distribuere (see distribution). Related: Distributed; distributing.
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Example sentences
We have no plans to further distribute this particular program.
Contrary to popular belief, companies do actually distribute profits beyond
  shareholders.
She is planning to distribute them free, or for a nominal licensing fee, to
  those who want to learn.
They also included solar thermal collectors that distribute the sun's heat
  through a radiant floor system.
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