When you intersperse something, you scatter it with spaces in between, the way you intersperse vegetable seeds along a row in a garden bed.

A wallpaper pattern might intersperse polka dots with bright flowers, and a writer might intersperse colorful details throughout an essay on the sword fishing industry. If you place things here and there, at intervals or leaving room between each item, you intersperse them. The Latin root is interspersus, "strewn or scattered," and in the mid-1500s the word intersperse was used mostly to mean "diversify by introducing things at intervals."

Definitions of intersperse

v introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions

intersperse alternately, as of protective covers for book illustrations
Type of:
enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

v place at intervals in or among

intersperse exclamation marks in the text”
intersperse the sectors on the concentric magnetic circular patterns written on a computer disk surface to guide the storing and recording of data
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

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