Definition of distribution in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdistrəˈbyo͞oSH(ə)n/
(abbreviation distr.)


1The action of sharing something out among a number of recipients: she had it printed for distribution among her friends
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  • Glencore's 2,000 employees share in regular distributions of its profits.
  • What happened was that the shares were sold and then the distributions were paid out of the realised profits.
  • In other words, the trustees have the discretion to make distributions, but haven't done so for years.
giving out, dealing out, doling out, handing out/around, issue, issuing, dispensation;
allocation, allotment, apportioning, sharing out, dividing up/out, parceling out
1.1The way in which something is shared out among a group or spread over an area: changes undergone by the area have affected the distribution of its wildlife
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  • She also said weight distribution made a difference, as characterised by apple and pear-shaped bodies.
  • We corrected death rates for differences in age distribution and sex.
  • One of these differences is the distribution and quantity of acidic and basic residues.
dispersal, dissemination, spread;
placement, position, location, disposition
1.2The action or process of supplying goods to stores and other businesses that sell to consumers: a manager has the choice of four types of distribution [as modifier]: an established distribution channel
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  • If the distribution channel is selected incorrectly, the brand will decline rapidly.
  • Whirlpool gets a new distribution channel for its appliances and a cut of the tuition.
  • Another challenge is the loose grip on the major distribution channel in the market.
supply, supplying, delivery, transport, transportation
1.3 Bridge The different number of cards of each suit in a player’s hand: strength has two ingredients, high cards and distribution
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  • Any hint as to the distribution of the cards (such as an offer to give up), is punished by immediate loss of the game.
  • For his claim was a claim about the inevitable sequence of events with that distribution of cards.



Pronunciation: /ˌdistrəˈbyo͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The distributional and equity issues were ignored.
  • The problem here is that because of the absence of well-defined property rights, the issue is a distributional one.
  • We had helicopters in stand-by but reached the marooned villages in boats because distributional efficiency is higher.


Late Middle English: from Latin distributio(n-), from the verb distribuere (see distribute).

Words that rhyme with distribution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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Syllabification: dis·tri·bu·tion

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