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disperse

Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɜːrs; dɪˈspɜːs/

Translation of disperse in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (scatter) [crowd/protesters] dispersar
    Example sentences
    • Suburban office and industrial parks and shopping centers competed successfully with central business districts, dispersing economic activity over wide areas.
    • The heat from the fire causes the pine cones to explode, dispersing seed over a wide area.
    • When confronted with those distributions, many of us probably reason that some species indeed are dispersed over a wide area on the wintering grounds.
    Example sentences
    • Once they were through clapping, the crowd dispersed into different directions.
    • Interior minister Francois Boko said soldiers had fired warning shots to disperse a crowd of protesters who had surrounded their vehicle in the neighbourhood of Be, an opposition stronghold.
    • A handful of local people get off the bus, dispersing in different directions.
    1.2 [gloom/foreboding] disipar, hacer* desvanecer
    Example sentences
    • The sun had gone, I was too late in the day, and the mist had risen and dispersed, coating the sky an even grey.
    • Aerobic activities like cross-country skiing demand thin layers that rapidly disperse sweat and body heat - keeping you cool, not warm.
    • The location could not have been better: within easy reach of Washington, yet protected by the Allegheny mountains and with prevailing winds from Canada to disperse any radiation.
    1.3 (spread out, disseminate) [police/troops/forces] dispersar; [news/information] propagar*, divulgar*, diseminar

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • dispersarse

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