- To disperse is defined as to break up and spread in many directions.
- An example of to disperse is when people in a crowd walk away from each other.
- An example of to disperse is when light through a prism is broken up into the colors of the rainbow.
- The definition of disperse is to cause to vanish.
An example of to disperse is when fog is blown away by wind.
transitive verbdispersed, dispersing
- to break up and scatter in all directions; spread about; distribute widely
- to dispel (mist, etc.)
- to break up (light) into its component colored rays
Origin of disperseMiddle English dispersen ; from Classical Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere, to scatter abroad ; from dis-, out + spargere, to scatter, strew: see spark
verbdis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
- a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd. See Synonyms at scatter.b. To strew or distribute widely: The airplane dispersed the leaflets over the city.
- To cause to attenuate and disappear: The sun dispersed the fog.
- a. To separate (light) into spectral rays.b. To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
- To separate and move in different directions; scatter: The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.
- To attenuate and vanish; dissipate: The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.
Origin of disperseMiddle English dispersen, from Old French disperser, from Latin dispergere, dispers-, to disperse : dis-, apart; see dis– + spargere, to scatter.
(third-person singular simple present disperses, present participle dispersing, simple past and past participle dispersed)
- (intransitive) To scatter in different directions
- The Jews are dispersed among all nations.
- (intransitive) To break up and disappear; to dissipate
- (intransitive) To disseminate
- (physics, intransitive) To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract
- (intransitive) To distribute throughout
- Do not confuse with the monetary word disburse, despite similarity.