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How to pronounce disperse (audio)

Dictionary definition of disperse

To spread or scatter something widely and evenly in various directions.
"The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd of protesters."

Detailed meaning of disperse

It involves the distribution of particles, objects, or individuals, often causing them to move apart and become more separated. This dispersion can occur physically, such as when a crowd disperses after an event, or when wind disperses seeds in nature. It can also have a more abstract usage, like dispersing information or resources across a large area or group. "Disperse" implies a process of dispersal that leads to a more widespread and even distribution, often contributing to the dissipation or diffusion of a concentrated or centralized state.

Example sentences containing disperse

1. The crowd started to disperse after the concert ended.
2. The police used tear gas to disperse the rioters.
3. The wind helped to disperse the seeds across the field.
4. The CEO asked the employees to disperse and return to their workstations.
5. The fog began to disperse as the sun rose higher.
6. The teacher told the students to disperse and form groups for the project.

History and etymology of disperse

The verb 'disperse' has its etymological roots in Latin. It is derived from the Latin word 'dispergere,' which is a combination of 'dis' (meaning 'apart') and 'spargere' (meaning 'to scatter' or 'to spread'). In Latin, 'dispergere' meant to scatter or spread something apart in various directions. As the term transitioned into Middle English and eventually into Modern English, it became 'disperse,' retaining its sense of spreading or scattering something widely and evenly. 'Disperse' is often used to describe the dispersion of crowds, the scattering of particles, or the spreading of information. The etymology of 'disperse' effectively conveys its historical association with the act of spreading widely and scattering in various directions, emphasizing its role as a verb used to describe the action of dispersing something over a broader area or among various locations.

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Further usage examples of disperse

1. The company plans to disperse its new software updates next month.
2. The protesters refused to disperse despite the warnings.
3. The confetti cannons will disperse colorful papers into the air at the end of the ceremony.
4. The villagers used fans to disperse the smoke from the kitchen.
5. The scent of the flowers seemed to disperse throughout the entire garden.
6. The fans began to disperse when the game was canceled due to rain.
7. The oil did not mix with the water, instead, tiny droplets began to disperse throughout it.
8. They used a drone to disperse pesticides over the crop field.
9. As the meeting ended, the executives started to disperse to catch their flights.
10. The charity decided to disperse the donations among the various organizations.
11. The ink started to disperse in the water, creating a beautiful pattern.
12. The bats disperse from the cave at dusk to hunt for food.
13. The firefighters used large fans to disperse the smoke and clear the building.
14. The tribe used to disperse into the forest during the annual gathering to collect herbs.



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