disperse

To make a crowd at a party disperse, you could take away the food, turn off the music and ask for volunteers to clean up. Disperse is to spread out people or things, making them move in different directions.

Imagine yourself standing on a basketball court holding a cup packed tight with marbles. If you turn it over, the marbles will disperse across the floor, moving away from you in all directions. Another word for this is scatter. Don't confuse this word with disburse, which means to distribute money. Remember that false friends disperse when you cease to disburse.

Definitions of disperse
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v move away from each other

“The crowds dispersed
Synonyms:
dissipate, scatter, spread out
Types:
aerosolise, aerosolize
become dispersed as an aerosol
break
scatter or part
volley
be dispersed in a volley
Type of:
part, separate, split
go one's own way; move apart

v distribute loosely

Synonyms:
dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
Types:
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spray
scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
spray
be discharged in sprays of liquid
plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
dash a liquid upon or against
splash, splosh, sprinkle
cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
bespangle
dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
aerosolise, aerosolize
disperse as an aerosol
shower
spray or sprinkle with
atomise, atomize
spray very finely
mist
spray finely or cover with mist
syringe
spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
puddle
make a puddle by splashing water
slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
spill or splash copiously or clumsily
salt
sprinkle as if with salt
drizzle, moisten
moisten with fine drops
Type of:
discharge
pour forth or release

v cause to separate

disperse particles”
Synonyms:
break up, scatter
Types:
backscatter
scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v to cause to separate and go in different directions

Synonyms:
break up, dispel, dissipate, scatter
Types:
disband
cause to break up or cease to function
Type of:
divide, separate
make a division or separation

v cause to become widely known

Synonyms:
broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
circulate, go around, spread
become widely known and passed on
Types:
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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

v separate (light) into spectral rays

“the prosm disperses light”
Type of:
separate
divide into components or constituents

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