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

10 senses of distribute

Sense 1
distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out -- (administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks")
       => give -- (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care")

Sense 2
spread, distribute -- (distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country")

Sense 3
distribute -- (make available; "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia")
       => transfer -- (cause to change ownership; "I transferred my stock holdings to my children")

Sense 4
distribute, give out, hand out, pass out -- (give to several people; "The teacher handed out the exams")
       => give, gift, present -- (give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?")

Sense 5
circulate, pass around, pass on, distribute -- (cause be distributed; "This letter is being circulated among the faculty")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 6
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")

Sense 7
distribute -- (spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes the values evenly")
       => spread, scatter, spread out -- (strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table")

Sense 8
distribute -- (be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses; "Values distribute")
       => exist, be -- (have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?")

Sense 9
distribute -- (be mathematically distributive)
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 10
stagger, distribute -- (to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall")
       => arrange, set up -- (put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order")

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