Definition of distribute in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈstribyo͞ot/


[with object]
1Give shares of (something); deal out: information leaflets are being distributed to hotels and guest houses
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  • The three villages, though separately ruled, worked together as a unit, sharing and distributing the resources they had at their disposal.
  • Usaid pays an aid organization to hire independent staffers, who then travel to the recipient country and distribute aid as they see fit.
  • Sharing these views is what made the Internet in the first place; a medium to quickly share and distribute information.
give out, deal out, dole out, dish out, hand out/around;
allocate, allot, apportion, share out, divide out/up, parcel out
circulate, issue, hand out, deliver
1.1Supply (goods) to stores and other businesses that sell to consumers: the journal is distributed worldwide
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  • The goods were then distributed to major phone retailers, the ministry said.
  • The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.
  • The Li & Fung group has focused strongly on China where its privately held IDS Group can now sell and distribute goods in bulk to mainland retailers.
1.2 (be distributed) Occur throughout an area: the birds are mainly distributed in marshes and river valleys
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  • A further 30 species were primarily confined to freshwater riparian areas distributed throughout the park.
  • The fat was distributed delicately yet densely throughout the meat, looking almost like snow.
  • A climbing fern Lygodium japonicum is classified into the Filicales and is distributed throughout the warm temperate areas in Japan.
disperse, scatter, spread
1.3 Printing Separate (metal type that has been set up) and return the characters to their separate compartments in a type case.
2 Logic Use (a term) to include every individual of the class to which it refers: the middle term must be distributed, at least once, in the premises
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  • Failing to distribute the middle term over at least one of the other terms is the fallacy of undistributed middle.



Pronunciation: /dəˈstribyədəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Transferring content from a deteriorating analogue format into a digitally distributable format gives that content a new life.
  • If your efforts are freely distributable (under copyright or even public domain), I'd like to hear from you, so I can add them to the system.
  • The accounting documents which are available show that there were no distributable reserves.


Late Middle English: from Latin distribut- 'divided up', from the verb distribuere, from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'assign'.

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Syllabification: dis·trib·ute

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