Definition of distribute in English:


Syllabification: dis·trib·ute
Pronunciation: /disˈtribyo͞ot


[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 outcirculate, 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.
  • 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.



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  • 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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