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Line breaks: dis|sem¦in|ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛmɪneɪt

Definition of disseminate in English:


[with object]
1Spread (something, especially information) widely: health authorities should foster good practice by disseminating information
More example sentences
  • 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.
dissipate, scatter;
broadcast, put on the air/airwaves, publish;
herald, trumpet
literary bruit abroad/about
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.


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



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.

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