When you have multiple people in charge of planning an event, this is an example of a situation where you diffuse power.
- spread out or dispersed; not concentrated
- using more words than are needed; long-winded; wordy
Origin of diffuseMiddle English from Classical Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, to pour in different directions from dis-, apart + fundere, to pour: see found
intransitive verb-·fused′, -·fus′ing
- to pour, spread out, or disperse in every direction; spread or scatter widely
- Physics to mix by diffusion, as gases, liquids, etc.
verbdif·fused, dif·fus·ing, dif·fus·es
- To cause to spread out freely: smoke that is diffused throughout the room.
- To make known to or cause to be used by large numbers of people; disseminate: diffuses ideas over the internet.
- To make less brilliant; soften: light that is diffused through frosted glass.
- To make less intense; weaken: a remark that diffused the tension in the interview.
- Physics To cause to undergo diffusion.
- To become widely dispersed; spread out: The hormone diffuses throughout the body.
- Physics To undergo diffusion.
- Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated: Diffuse light is often hard to read by.
- Wordy or unclear: a diffuse description. See Synonyms at wordy.
Origin of diffuseFrom Middle English dispersed from Anglo-Norman diffus from Latin diffūsus past participle of diffundere to spread dis- out, apart ; see dis- . fundere to pour ; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present diffuses, present participle diffusing, simple past and past participle diffused)
Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere
(comparative more diffuse, superlative most diffuse)