1. [ verb ] distribute loosely
Synonyms: sprinkle scatter dust dot

"He scattered gun powder under the wagon."

Related terms: discharge spray sprinkle aerosolize spray spatter bespangle scatter dust
2. [ verb ] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example
Synonyms: scatter break_up dissipate dispel

"She waved her hand and scattered the crows."

Related terms: separate disband dispersion scatter scatter dissipation
3. [ verb ] cause to separate
Synonyms: scatter break_up

"break up kidney stones" "disperse particles"

Related terms: change_integrity backscatter
4. [ verb ] move away from each other
Synonyms: scatter dissipate spread_out

"The crowds dispersed" "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";

Related terms: separate break aerosolise aerosolize volley scatter dispersion dissipation
5. [ verb ] cause to become widely known
Synonyms: disseminate spread circulate diffuse distribute pass_around 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
Similar spelling:   dispersed