Disperse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈspɜːrs|  American pronunciation of the word disperse
Brit.  |dɪˈspəːs|  British pronunciation of the word disperse

verb

- distribute loosely (syn: dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle)
- to cause to separate and go in different directions (syn: dispel, dissipate, scatter)
- cause to separate(syn: scatter)
- move away from each other(syn: dissipate, scatter)
- separate (light) into spectral rays
- cause to become widely known (syn: broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disseminate, distribute, propagate, spread)

Examples

Police ordered the crowd to disperse.

...the crowd dispersed once the show ended...

The sun soon dispersed the mist.

Reform meetings were dispersed by charges of Dragoons.

The fog dispersed toward morning.

The congregation is dispersing.

Commanders may disperse troops to offset a high volume of fire.

Computers became cheaper and dispersed all over the world.

The tumour increased, notwithstanding applications that were employed to disperse it.

The crowds dispersed

Troops fired tear gas and shots to disperse a crowd of 15,000 demonstrators.

Troops fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: disperse
he/she/it: disperses
present participle: dispersing
past tense: dispersed
past participle: dispersed
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