Diffuse definition

dĭ-fyo͝oz
To diffuse is defined as to soften or to spread out over a larger area or among many people.

When you have multiple people in charge of planning an event, this is an example of a situation where you diffuse power.

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Wordy or unclear.

A diffuse description.

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To make known to or cause to be used by large numbers of people; disseminate.

Diffuses ideas over the Internet.

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To make less intense; weaken.

A remark that diffused the tension in the interview.

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Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.

Such a diffuse effort is unlikely to produce good results.

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To cause to spread out freely.

Smoke that is diffused throughout the room.

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To make less brilliant; soften.

Light that is diffused through frosted glass.

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(physics) To cause to undergo diffusion.
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To become widely dispersed; spread out.

The hormone diffuses throughout the body.

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(physics) To undergo diffusion.
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Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated.

Diffuse light is often hard to read by.

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Spread out or dispersed; not concentrated.
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To pour, spread out, or disperse in every direction; spread or scatter widely.
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(physics) To mix by diffusion, as gases, liquids, etc.
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To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
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(intransitive) To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.

Food coloring diffuses in water.

The riot diffused quite suddenly.

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Using more words than are needed; long-winded; wordy.
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Origin of diffuse

  • From Middle English dispersed from Anglo-Norman diffus from Latin diffūsus past participle of diffundere to spread dis- out, apart dis– fundere to pour gheu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin diffusus

    From Wiktionary