diffuse

Diffuse means to spread out. Candlelight can diffuse a soft glow throughout a room. A diffuse idea is one that spreads from person to person, and a diffuse speech is scattered and unclear.

As a verb, diffuse means to spread something out, but also applies to spreading things such as ideas or culture so that they become widely known. When something is diffused, it's mixed in, and when you drop propaganda pamphlets out of airplanes you're diffusing the propaganda. The adjective comes from Latin diffusus, from diffundere "to pour in different directions," from the prefix dis- "apart" plus fundere, "to pour."

Definitions of diffuse
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adj spread out; not concentrated in one place

“a large diffuse organization”
Synonyms:
distributed
spread out or scattered about or divided up

adj lacking conciseness

“a diffuse historical novel”
Synonyms:
prolix
tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length

adj (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Synonyms:
diffused, soft
Antonyms:
concentrated, hard
(of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

v move outward

Synonyms:
fan out, spread, spread out
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percolate
spread gradually
creep
grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)
bleed, run
be diffused
mantle
spread over a surface, like a mantle
crock
release color when rubbed, of badly dyed fabric
Type of:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely

v spread or diffuse through

Synonyms:
imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle
Types:
spiritise, spiritize
imbue with a spirit
Type of:
penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v cause to become widely known

Synonyms:
broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
circulate, go around, spread
become widely known and passed on
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podcast
distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
sow
introduce into an environment
generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
carry, run
include as the content; broadcast or publicize
Type of:
air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

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