Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb diffuse

3 senses of diffuse

Sense 1
diffuse, spread, spread out, fan out -- (move outward; "The soldiers fanned out")
       => spread, distribute -- (distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country")

Sense 2
permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle -- (spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks")
       => penetrate, perforate -- (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest")

Sense 3
circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around -- (cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news")
       => publicize, publicise, air, bare -- (make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare")

Antonyms of adj diffuse

3 senses of diffuse

Sense 1
diffuse -- (spread out; not concentrated in one place; "a large diffuse organization")

INDIRECT (VIA distributed) -> concentrated -- (gathered together or made less diffuse; "their concentrated efforts"; "his concentrated attention"; "concentrated study"; "a narrow thread of concentrated ore")

Sense 2
soft (vs. hard), diffuse, diffused -- ((of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected)


Sense 3
diffuse -- (lacking conciseness; "a diffuse historical novel")

INDIRECT (VIA prolix) -> concise -- (expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation")

Similarity of adj diffuse

3 senses of diffuse

Sense 1
diffuse -- (spread out; not concentrated in one place; "a large diffuse organization")
       => distributed (vs. concentrated) -- (spread out or scattered about or divided up)

Sense 2
soft (vs. hard), diffuse, diffused -- ((of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected)

Sense 3
diffuse -- (lacking conciseness; "a diffuse historical novel")
       => prolix (vs. concise) -- (tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know")

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