Definition of intersperse in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈspəːs


[with object]
  • 1Scatter among or between other things; place here and there: deep pools interspersed by shallow shingle banks
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    • Do they believe that offices, stores, and schools will scale themselves down and intersperse themselves nicely among these 5-acre homesites?
    • A deer being chased by a wild dog, hurtling across some large featureless plain beneath a sky the deep blue-black of ink, interspersing its run with elegant bounds, that delicate prettiness even in its death-flight.
    • Again, the same feeling of happy companionable comfort, although it probably wouldn't have been at all apparent to anyone else given that we spent a fair bit of the time disagreeing violently and interspersing this with hacking coughs.
  • 1.1Diversify (a thing or things) with other things at intervals: the debate was interspersed with angry exchanges
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    • The song is highly varied - musical passages are freely interspersed with harsh grating ones.
    • The games are interspersed with recorded stories and songs.
    • Now, during the US war on Iraq, news from the frontlines is seamlessly interspersed with news from the stock markets.
    intermix, mix, mingle; vary, diversify, variegate, punctuate



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  • There are deliberate interspersions of black and white but this, together with the fact that much of the film is set in the past, merely gives the whole thing a rather dated appearance.
  • Considerable published research - for example on the Limpopo River Valley - over the last decade shows a far greater interspersion of engravings and paintings than is shown on the map produced in this volume.
  • It is in terms of this function that we must understand the insistent interspersion of white space throughout Jabes's books; whiteness is the mark of an erasure…


mid 16th century (in the sense 'diversify (something) by introducing other things at intervals'): from Latin interspers- 'scattered between', from interspergere, from inter- 'between' + spargere 'scatter'.

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