- Distribute is defined as to divide, scatter or hand out.
An example of distribute is to give a handout to each student in the class.
transitive verbdistributed, distributing
- to divide and give out in shares; allot
- to scatter or spread out, as over a surface
- to divide and arrange according to a classification; classify
- to put (things) in various distinct places
- Obsolete to administer, as justice
- Printing to break up (set type) and put the letters back in the proper boxes
- Law to apportion (an intestate's property) to those entitled to it
- Logic to use (a term) in such a way as to refer to all members of its extension
Origin of distributeMiddle English distributen ; from Classical Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere, to distribute ; from dis-, apart + tribuere, to allot: see tribute
verbdis·trib·ut·ed, dis·trib·ut·ing, dis·trib·utes
- To divide and dispense in portions.
- a. To supply (goods) to retailers.b. To deliver or pass out: distributing handbills on the street.
- a. To place in separate pieces or examples over an area; scatter: distribute grass seed over the lawn.b. To apportion so as to be evenly spread throughout a given area: 180 pounds of muscle that were well distributed over his 6-foot frame.
- To separate into categories; classify.
- Logic To use (a term) so as to include all individuals or entities of a given class.
Origin of distributeMiddle English distributen, from Latin distribuere, distribūt- : dis-, apart; see dis– + tribuere, to give; see tribute.
(third-person singular simple present distributes, present participle distributing, simple past and past participle distributed)
- To divide into portions and dispense.
- He distributed the bread amongst his followers.
- To supply to retail outlets.
- The agency distributes newspapers to local shops.
- To deliver or pass out.
- A network of children distributes flyers to every house.
- To scatter or spread.
- I raked the soil then distributed grass seed.
- To apportion (more or less evenly).
- The robot's six legs distributed its weight over a wide area.
- To classify or separate into categories.
- The database distributed verbs into transitive and intransitive segments.
- (intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
- (printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
- (printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
- (logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.