Distribute
Distribute Dis*trib"ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distributing}.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See {Tribute}.] 1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot. [1913 Webster]

She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred. --Judith xvi. 24. [1913 Webster]

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table. [1913 Webster]

5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise. [1913 Webster]

A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to. --Whately.

Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide. [1913 Webster]


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  • distribute — distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole are comparable when they mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. Distribute implies either an apportioning among many by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts, and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distribute — dis·trib·ute /di stri byüt/ vt ut·ed, ut·ing 1: to divide among several or many: apportion 2: to give out or deliver esp. to members of a group see also dividend …   Law dictionary

  • distribute — dis‧trib‧ute [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] verb [transitive] 1. MARKETING COMMERCE to make goods available to customers after they have been produced: • The new products will be sold under the Lipton brand and distributed by Pepsi. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • distribute — [di strib′yo͞ot, di strib′yoot] vt. distributed, distributing [ME distributen < L distributus, pp. of distribuere, to distribute < dis , apart + tribuere, to allot: see TRIBUTE] 1. to divide and give out in shares; allot 2. to scatter or… …   English World dictionary

  • distribute — (v.) early 15c., to deal out or apportion, from L. distributus, pp. of distribuere to divide, distribute (see DISTRIBUTION (Cf. distribution)). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing …   Etymology dictionary

  • distribute — [v1] allocate, deliver, spread administer, allot, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, circulate, consign, convey, cut up, deal, deal out, diffuse, disburse, dish out*, dispense, disperse, dispose, disseminate, divide, divvy up*, dole out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. i. To make distribution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distribute — To sort mail in order to group pieces according to a plan or scheme …   Glossary of postal terms

  • distribute — should be pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, although (as with contribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …   Modern English usage

  • distribute — ► VERB 1) hand or share out to a number of recipients. 2) (be distributed) be spread over an area. 3) supply (goods) to retailers. DERIVATIVES distributable adjective. ORIGIN Latin distribuere divide up …   English terms dictionary

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