Disperse meaning

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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.

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To cause to attenuate and disappear.

The sun dispersed the fog.

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To attenuate and vanish; dissipate.

The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.

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To break up and scatter in all directions; spread about; distribute widely.
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To dispel (mist, etc.)
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To break up (light) into its component colored rays.
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To break up and move in different directions; scatter.
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(intransitive) To scatter in different directions.

The Jews are dispersed among all nations.

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(intransitive) To break up and disappear; to dissipate.
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(intransitive) To disseminate.
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(physics, intransitive) To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract.
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(intransitive) To distribute throughout.
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The definition of disperse is to cause to vanish.

An example of to disperse is when fog is blown away by wind.

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To separate and move in different directions; scatter.

The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.

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Origin of disperse

  • Middle English dispersen from Old French disperser from Latin dispergere dispers- to disperse dis- apart dis– spargere to scatter
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French disperser, from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere (“to scatter abroad, disperse”), from dis- (“apart”) + spargere (“to scatter”); see sparse.
    From Wiktionary