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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)

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.

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."