Disperse Definition

dispersed, disperses, dispersing
dispersed, disperses, dispersing
To drive off or scatter in different directions.
The police dispersed the crowd.
American Heritage
To break up and scatter in all directions; spread about; distribute widely.
Webster's New World
To dispel (mist, etc.)
Webster's New World
To cause to attenuate and disappear.
The sun dispersed the fog.
American Heritage
To break up and move in different directions; scatter.
Webster's New World

Origin of Disperse

  • From French disperser, from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere (“to scatter abroad, disperse”), from dis- (“apart”) + spargere (“to scatter”); see sparse.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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