What does distribute mean?

Definitions for distribute
dɪˈstrɪb yutdis·tribute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out(verb)

    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"

  2. spread, distribute(verb)

    distribute or disperse widely

    "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

  3. distribute(verb)

    make available

    "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"

  4. distribute, give out, hand out, pass out(verb)

    give to several people

    "The teacher handed out the exams"

  5. circulate, pass around, pass on, distribute(verb)

    cause be distributed

    "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"

  6. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around(verb)

    cause to become widely known

    "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"

  7. distribute(verb)

    spread throughout a given area

    "the function distributes the values evenly"

  8. distribute(verb)

    be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses

    "Values distribute"

  9. distribute(verb)

    be mathematically distributive

  10. stagger, distribute(verb)

    to arrange in a systematic order

    "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"


  1. distribute(Verb)

    To divide into portions and dispense.

    He distributed the bread amongst his followers.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  2. distribute(Verb)

    To supply to retail outlets.

    The agency distributes newspapers to local shops.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  3. distribute(Verb)

    To deliver or pass out.

    A network of children distributes flyers to every house.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  4. distribute(Verb)

    To scatter or spread.

    I raked the soil then distributed grass seed.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  5. distribute(Verb)

    To apportion (more or less evenly).

    The robot's six legs distributed its weight over a wide area.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  6. distribute(Verb)

    To classify or separate into categories.

    The database distributed verbs into transitive and intransitive segments.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

  7. distribute(Verb)

    To be distributive.

    Etymology: From distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis- + tribuere; see tribute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distribute(verb)

    to divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot

  2. Distribute(verb)

    to dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice

  3. Distribute(verb)

    to divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc

  4. Distribute(verb)

    to separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases

  5. Distribute(verb)

    to spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table

  6. Distribute(verb)

    to employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise

  7. Distribute(verb)

    to make distribution

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distribute

    dis-trib′ūt, v.t. to divide amongst several: to deal out or allot: to classify: to give a logical term its fullest extension.—n. Distrib′uend, that which is to be distributed.—adjs. Distrib′utable, that may be divided; Distrib′utary, distributing.—ns. Distrib′uter, -or; Distribū′tion, allotment: classification: the application of a general term to all the objects denoted by it.—adjs. Distribū′tional; Distrib′utive, that distributes, separates, or divides: giving to each his own.—n. a word, like each or every, that indicates the several individuals of a number.—adv. Distrib′utively.—Geographical distribution, the department of science that treats of the distribution of animals and plants over certain areas of the globe. [L. distribuĕredis, asunder, tribuĕre, tribūtum, to allot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. distribute

    To arrange in a systematic order.

    They did distribute the chairs around the hall for the concert.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  
  2. distribute

    To share for a specific purpose.

    They did distribute the stock between the various shops.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  
  3. distribute

    To supply commodities, goods or products to a retailer or wholesaler.

    The food was distributed to the retail shops around the region at a very efficient speed.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distribute' in Verbs Frequency: #553

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of distribute in a Sentence

  1. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang:

    The city will hand out N95 masks that can protect people against PM 2.5 dust... We will distribute the first 10,000 masks to people in various spots around the city.

  2. Kari Knop:

    We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically.

  3. Disney CEO Bob Iger:

    All of the movie companies that are expecting to distribute movies coming up in China obviously are impacted by this, the bigger issue on everybody's mind, the bigger concern, is what's going on with this virus and how far will it go in terms of its impact on people.

  4. Somchai Srisuthiyakorn:

    We will use Army Reserve Force students as a tool to create understanding about the contents of the draft constitution and distribute it all over the country, we have told them to do this in a neutral manner.

  5. Sarem Rezaie:

    The cargo will be delivered to the WFP (World Food Programme), which will give it to the Yemeni Red Crescent to distribute it among innocent Yemeni people.

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  • نشرArabic
  • раздавам, разпръсквам, разпределямBulgarian
  • distribuovatCzech
  • beliefern, ausliefern, aufteilen, verteilenGerman
  • disdoni, distribuiEsperanto
  • distribuirSpanish
  • jakaa, luokitella, levittää, jaella, jakautua, lajitellaFinnish
  • répartir, distribuerFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • חילק, הפיץHebrew
  • բաշխել, բաժանելArmenian
  • skipta, deila út, flokka, útdeila, dreifa, útbýta, úthlutaIcelandic
  • suddividere, distribuireItalian
  • 分類する, 蒔く, 配達, 分ける, 配送Japanese
  • leveren, verspreiden, verdelen, opdelen, indelenDutch
  • distribuir, classificar, parcelar, espalharPortuguese
  • repartiza, distribui, livra, împărți, clasificaRomanian
  • раздавать, распространять, распределять, раздать, распространить, распределить, разбрасывать, разделять, разбрызгать, разбросать, разделить, делить, разбрызгиватьRussian
  • fördela, utdela, uppdela, dela ut, distribueraSwedish
  • paylaştırmak, dağıtmakTurkish

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. abrupt
    • B. frantic
    • C. disjointed
    • D. cosmopolitan

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