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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To break up and scatter.

Usage examples (35)
  • The magician asked an assistant to disperse the deck of cards throughout the audience.
  • BP dumps over a million gallons of toxic old stocks of Corexit 9527A & 9500 into the Gulf to "disperse" the oil.
  • The point is to disperse this as particles, not as large chunks.
  • As they neared the vehicle, Israeli troops ordered them to disperse. for more
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  • The company will "disperse" (scatter) personnel to "disburse" (to pay out) employee bonuses.
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