distribute

verb
1 give sth out
ADVERB
equally, fairly
unequally
widely

The leaflets have been widely distributed.

free

Copies of the book were distributed free to each school in the district.

PREPOSITION
among

We distributed the money equally among the team members.

between
to

Aid is being distributed to people in need.

by, via

Viruses are often distributed via email.

2 spread sth
ADVERB
evenly, uniformly

Wealth is not evenly distributed between age groups.

unevenly
non-randomly, randomly (both technical)

Smokers were randomly distributed in the sample interviewed.

identically
irregularly, patchily, sparsely
broadly, widely

The trend is broadly distributed and not just a big-city phenomenon.

well

Generous workspaces must be well distributed throughout the library.

globally

The plant is globally distributed.

geographically
PREPOSITION
across, among, between, throughout

There are over 35 000 species of orchid distributed throughout the world.

3 supply sth for sale
ADVERB
internationally, nationally

nationally distributed brands of fruit juice

exclusively

The cheese is imported and distributed exclusively by Norland Inc.

illegally
Distribute is used with these nouns as the object: ↑condom, ↑copy, ↑dividend, ↑film, ↑fund, ↑handout, ↑information, ↑land, ↑leaflet, ↑magazine, ↑memo, ↑movie, ↑music, ↑pamphlet, ↑product, ↑questionnaire, ↑resource, ↑wealth, ↑weight, ↑workload

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  • distribute — distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole are comparable when they mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. Distribute implies either an apportioning among many by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts, and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distribute — dis·trib·ute /di stri byüt/ vt ut·ed, ut·ing 1: to divide among several or many: apportion 2: to give out or deliver esp. to members of a group see also dividend …   Law dictionary

  • distribute — dis‧trib‧ute [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] verb [transitive] 1. MARKETING COMMERCE to make goods available to customers after they have been produced: • The new products will be sold under the Lipton brand and distributed by Pepsi. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distribute — [di strib′yo͞ot, di strib′yoot] vt. distributed, distributing [ME distributen < L distributus, pp. of distribuere, to distribute < dis , apart + tribuere, to allot: see TRIBUTE] 1. to divide and give out in shares; allot 2. to scatter or… …   English World dictionary

  • distribute — (v.) early 15c., to deal out or apportion, from L. distributus, pp. of distribuere to divide, distribute (see DISTRIBUTION (Cf. distribution)). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing …   Etymology dictionary

  • distribute — [v1] allocate, deliver, spread administer, allot, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, circulate, consign, convey, cut up, deal, deal out, diffuse, disburse, dish out*, dispense, disperse, dispose, disseminate, divide, divvy up*, dole out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. i. To make distribution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distribute — To sort mail in order to group pieces according to a plan or scheme …   Glossary of postal terms

  • distribute — should be pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, although (as with contribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …   Modern English usage

  • distribute — ► VERB 1) hand or share out to a number of recipients. 2) (be distributed) be spread over an area. 3) supply (goods) to retailers. DERIVATIVES distributable adjective. ORIGIN Latin distribuere divide up …   English terms dictionary

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