Disseminate means to spread information, knowledge, opinions widely. Semin- derives from the Latin word for seed; the idea with disseminate is that information travels like seeds sown by a farmer.

Think about a teacher distributing a hand out at the beginning of a class. The dis- of disseminate and distribute come from the same Latin prefix which means "apart, in a different direction." But unlike papers distributed in class, information, once spread around in all directions, cannot be pulled back in. Think about false rumors or political smear campaigns and you'll understand that dissemination is usually a one-way process.

Definitions of disseminate
  1. verb
    cause to become widely known
    synonyms: broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
    circulate, go around, spread
    become widely known and passed on
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    distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
    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
  2. verb
    spread by scattering
    synonyms: straw, strew
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    cover by strewing
    make a place messy by strewing garbage around
    type of:
    distribute, spread
    distribute or disperse widely
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