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4 definitions found
 for distribute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distribute \Dis*trib"ute\, v. i.
     To make distribution.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distribute \Dis*trib"ute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Distributing.] [L. distributus, p. p. of
     distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign,
     give, allot. See Tribute.]
     1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to
        apportion; to allot.
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              She did distribute her goods to all them that were
              nearest of kindred.                   --Judith xvi.
                                                    24.
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     2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
        --Shak.
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     3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or
        species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters,
        etc.
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     4. (Printing)
        (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it
            to the proper boxes in the cases.
        (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
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     5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as
        universal in one premise.
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              A term is said to be distributed when it is taken
              universal, so as to stand for everything it is
              capable of being applied to.          --Whately.
  
     Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign;
          divide.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  distribute
      v 1: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer
           critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
           money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a
           blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks" [syn:
           distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel
           out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish
           out, allot, dole out]
      2: distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their
         language all over the country" [syn: spread, distribute]
         [ant: collect, garner, gather, pull together]
      3: make available; "The publisher wants to distribute the book
         in Asia"
      4: give to several people; "The teacher handed out the exams"
         [syn: distribute, give out, hand out, pass out]
      5: cause be distributed; "This letter is being circulated among
         the faculty" [syn: circulate, pass around, pass on,
         distribute]
      6: cause to become widely known; "spread information";
         "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate,
         circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate,
         propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse,
         pass around]
      7: spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes the
         values evenly"
      8: be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses; "Values
         distribute"
      9: be mathematically distributive
      10: to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the chairs in the
          lecture hall" [syn: stagger, distribute]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "distribute":
     administer, align, allocate, allot, apportion, arrange, array,
     assign, assort, bestow, bestrew, broadcast, categorize, circulate,
     circumfuse, class, classify, collocate, come across with, compose,
     convey, deal, deal out, deliver, deliver over, diffract, diffuse,
     disburse, dish out, dispense, disperse, dispose, dispread,
     disseminate, diverge, divide, divide up, dole, dole out, donate,
     dribble, fan out, file, fix, fork over, forward, give, give in,
     give out, give over, group, hand, hand in, hand out, hand over,
     issue, line, line up, marshal, measure out, mete, mete out, order,
     overscatter, oversow, overspread, parcel, parcel out, partition,
     pass, pass around, pass out, pass over, pay out, place, portion,
     portion out, present, propagate, prorate, publish, radiate, rally,
     range, ration, reach, regiment, render, resign, retail, scatter,
     set out, share out, sort, sow, sow broadcast, space, splay,
     spoon out, spread, spread out, strew, surrender, transfer,
     turn over, utter
  
  

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