Definition of disseminate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈseməˌnāt/


[with object]
1Spread or disperse (something, especially information) widely: health authorities should foster good practice by disseminating information
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  • We also made sure that this information was widely disseminated.
  • That's our job, is to disseminate information to the public.
  • Websites are not only used to disseminate information and propaganda.
spread, circulate, distribute, disperse, promulgate, propagate, publicize, communicate, pass on, put about, make known
1.1 (usually as adjective disseminated) Spread throughout an organ or the body: disseminated colonic cancer
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  • Sulphide mineralization in these deposits tends to be disseminated throughout the body and is dominated by pyrrhotite and pentlandite phases.
  • The condition can disseminate throughout the respiratory tract and lead to pulmonary papillomatosis.
  • However, some kind of pharmacological intervention is often considered as a last resort, particularly when cancer has already disseminated.



Pronunciation: /dəˈseməˌnādər/
Example sentences
  • ‘As preservers and disseminators of heritage, museums are crucial for building strong communities with strong identities,’ he suggests.
  • Instead of being creators, custodians and disseminators of knowledge they become part of a network of players contributing to problems often identified by external organisations or communities.
  • The faculty today have moved up from being knowledge disseminators to knowledge creators.


Late Middle English: from Latin disseminat- 'scattered', from the verb disseminare, from dis- 'abroad' + semen, semin- 'seed'.

  • sow from Old English:

    Sow, in the sense to plant is Old English and had the sense ‘disseminate’ from early on. The image of disseminate (Late Middle English) is the same, for it comes from Latin semen (Late Middle English) meaning ‘seed’. Seed (Old English) in turn comes from the same Germanic root as sow. The differently pronounced sow that is the female pig is also Old English, and goes back to an Indo-European root shared by Latis sus and Greek hus which suggests they were on the menu for our early ancestors.

Words that rhyme with disseminate

ingeminate, inseminate

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Syllabification: dis·sem·i·nate

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