|1.||[ verb ] cause to become widely known|
|Synonyms:||disseminate spread circulate distribute pass_around disperse propagate broadcast circularise circularize|
"spread information" "circulate a rumor" "broadcast the news"
|Related terms:||publicize canvass carry sow popularize bandy_about go_around broadcast dissemination broadcast propagation scatter dispersion dissemination circular spread circulation propagator go_around|
|2.||[ verb ] move outward|
|Synonyms:||spread_out fan_out spread|
"The soldiers fanned out"
|Related terms:||spread grow_over run mantle percolate dispersion spread|
|3.||[ adjective ] spread out; not concentrated in one place|
"a large diffuse organization"
|4.||[ verb ] spread or diffuse through|
|Synonyms:||pervade permeate interpenetrate penetrate imbue|
"An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration" "music penetrated the entire building"
|Related terms:||penetrate spiritize permeation dispersion interpenetration|
|5.||[ adjective ] lacking conciseness|
"a diffuse historical novel"