Definition of "distribute" []

  • To divide and dispense in portions. (verb-transitive)
  • To supply (goods) to retailers. (verb-transitive)
  • To deliver or pass out: distributing handbills on the street. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread or diffuse over an area; scatter: distribute grass seed over the lawn. (verb-transitive)
  • To apportion so as to be evenly spread throughout a given area: 180 pounds of muscle that were well distributed over his 6-foot frame. (verb-transitive)
  • To give out in shares; dispense (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To hand out or deliver (verb)
  • To spread throughout a space or area (verb)
  • To divide into classes or categories; classify (verb)
  • To return (used type) to the correct positions in the type case (verb)
  • To incorporate in a distributed term of a categorial proposition (verb)
  • To expand (an expression containing two operators) in such a way that the precedence of the operators is changed; for example, distributing multiplication over addition in a(b + c) yields ab + ac (verb)
  • To dispense (justice) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "distribute" in a sentence
  • "According to The Sun, McFly are in the "final" stages of signing to Universal, which will see the label distribute and promote their products overseas."
  • "Sony settled charges in 2007 brought by the Federal Trade Commission over the incident, which saw the label distribute around 50 music CDs containing "rootkit" software that could open a user's computer to attacks."
  • "Donaldson also arranged to have a Greek Orthodox chaplain distribute icons and Russian crosses to POWs as part of religious work for the POWs."