Distribute meaning

dĭ-strĭbyo͝ot
To break up (set type) and put the letters back in the proper boxes.
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To separate into categories; classify.
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To divide and arrange according to a classification; classify.
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To be distributive. If a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then × distributes over +.
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To apportion (an intestate's property) to those entitled to it.
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To use (a term) in such a way as to refer to all members of its extension.
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​ To supply to retail outlets.

The agency distributes newspapers to local shops.

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​ To scatter or spread.

I raked the soil then distributed grass seed.

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​ To classify or separate into categories.

The database distributed verbs into transitive and intransitive segments.

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(logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
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To put (things) in various distinct places.
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(printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
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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.

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To scatter or spread out, as over a surface.
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To use (a term) so as to include all individuals or entities of a given class.
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​ To divide into portions and dispense.

He distributed the bread amongst his followers.

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​ To deliver or pass out.

A network of children distributes flyers to every house.

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​ To apportion (more or less evenly).

The robot's six legs distributed its weight over a wide area.

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​(intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
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(printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
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To divide and dispense in portions.
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To divide and give out in shares; allot.
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To administer, as justice.
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Origin of distribute

  • Middle English distributen from Latin distribuere distribūt- dis- apart dis– tribuere to give tribute

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

  • From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere (“to divide, distribute”), from dis- (“apart”) + tribuere (“to give, impart”); see tribute.

    From Wiktionary