distributed

Something is distributed when it's divided up or spread around, the way cupcakes might be distributed among guests at a birthday party.

Distributed is a word that's often used to describe the stuff that businesses sell. When a truck pulls up to a convenience store and the driver unloads cases of soda, the soda is being distributed. The driver will go from store to store, distributing all of the soda in the truck between different stores and restaurants. Words and ideas can be distributed too, which is what happens at school when students are lucky.

Definitions of distributed
  1. adjective
    spread out or scattered about or divided up
    Synonyms:
    distributive
    serving to distribute or allot or disperse
    apportioned, dealt out, doled out, meted out, parceled out
    given out in portions
    broken
    discontinuous
    diffuse
    spread out; not concentrated in one place
    diffused
    (of light rays) subjected to scattering by reflection from a rough surface or transmission through a translucent material
    dispensed
    distributed or weighted out in carefully determined portions
    dispersed, spread
    distributed or spread over a considerable extent
    divided, divided up, shared, shared out
    distributed in portions (often equal) on the basis of a plan or purpose
    encyclical
    intended for wide distribution
    fanned, spread-out
    especially spread in a fan shape
    far-flung, widespread
    distributed over a considerable extent
    low-density
    having low concentration
    rationed
    distributed equitably in limited individual portions
    scattered
    occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space
    separated, spaced
    spaced apart
    sparse, thin
    not dense
    splashed
    (of a fluid) having been propelled about in flying drops or masses
    straggly
    growing or spreading sparsely or irregularly
    unfocused, unfocussed
    not concentrated at one point or upon one objective
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    Antonyms:
    concentrated
    gathered together or made less diffuse
    compact
    closely and firmly united or packed together
    bunchy
    occurring close together in bunches or clusters
    thick
    having component parts closely crowded together
    cumulous
    thrown together in a pile
    exclusive, single, undivided
    not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective
    thickset
    planted or growing close together
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