Definition of distribute in English:

distribute

Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give a share or a unit of (something) to each of a number of recipients:

    ‘information leaflets are being distributed to hotels’
    • ‘Like all research labs, we needed to share disks, distribute processes, compile software and store and munge data.’
    • ‘As such, this publication is widely distributed to all units of Army.’
    • ‘In the political sphere, the possibilities for political participation should be equally distributed.’
    • ‘A Camden Defend Council Housing broadsheet is being distributed to every flat.’
    • ‘Fifty $1,000 scholarships are to be distributed each year to individuals seeking associate degrees in medical laboratory science.’
    • ‘Up to £90 per person was distributed to citizens who share the great man's birthday.’
    • ‘Give a subordinate unit the task to distribute newsletters or flyers and use the remaining elements to provide security-be ready to fight.’
    • ‘However, many UK companies distribute share options to all employees, linked to monthly savings plans.’
    • ‘There was no attempt to distribute the images or share them with others, he said.’
    • ‘But the Grid goes beyond sharing and distributing data and computing resources.’
    • ‘The money will be distributed to individual schools which made bids for vital new facilities such as sports halls, fitness rooms and games pitches.’
    • ‘As a subscriber to their newsletter and referrer of 3 subscribers, I got 8 shares when they distributed them.’
    • ‘The three villages, though separately ruled, worked together as a unit, sharing and distributing the resources they had at their disposal.’
    • ‘Usaid pays an aid organization to hire independent staffers, who then travel to the recipient country and distribute aid as they see fit.’
    • ‘It should be no surprise that in the long run the shares of growth are distributed equally across all income levels.’
    • ‘Therefore, employees who are let go before tips are distributed often lose their share of the allocation.’
    • ‘I have learned recently that in almost all cases, food is distributed to recipients prior to their doing any work.’
    • ‘It's just a good economic model, and it actually distributed wealth and shared in productivity better than the trickle down theory.’
    • ‘Sharing these views is what made the Internet in the first place; a medium to quickly share and distribute information.’
    • ‘The program, Berklee Shares, encourages musicians to share and distribute these music lessons online.’
    give out, deal out, hand out, hand round, issue, dispense, administer, pass round, dole out, dispose of
    circulate, issue
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    1. 1.1 Supply (goods) to retailers:
      ‘the journal is distributed worldwide’
      • ‘To start, two million cards will be distributed at retailers and through street teams hitting places where kids hang out.’
      • ‘The problem is not lack of supply, because nationwide we have more than enough energy production; the problem is how that supply is being distributed.’
      • ‘Posters of the former rider will be distributed while supplies last.’
      • ‘The booklets will be distributed to producers, retailers, consumers and enforcement officers.’
      • ‘In addition, 36 global dual-use licences allowed restricted goods to be distributed worldwide with a single licence.’
      • ‘Besides these immediate clients, however, Lipchanka's goods are distributed under various brand names worldwide.’
      • ‘Hockaday also oversaw creation of Crown Media Holdings Inc., which operates and distributes the Hallmark Channel worldwide.’
      • ‘Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Ltd and © BBC 1996.’
      • ‘An additional line, Farmer's All Natural Milk, is distributed in select retail outlets in the Front Range.’
      • ‘There are lots of people now employed in in big warehouses to distribute goods which would formerly have been distributed through retail outlets.’
      • ‘Chemical stains and polymer toppings are now being distributed through construction supply houses.’
      • ‘The series is being distributed by BBC Worldwide which could result in extensive international TV sales, merchandising and publishing spin-offs.’
      • ‘The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.’
      • ‘New labels will be distributed to retailers still wanting to sell the current version.’
      • ‘The Li & Fung group has focused strongly on China where its privately held IDS Group can now sell and distribute goods in bulk to mainland retailers.’
      • ‘Iron is one of the most widely distributed of metals and has been used in ornamental work since prehistoric times.’
      • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.’
      • ‘Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods.’
      • ‘By distributing to larger news retailers such as Tesco, it can subsidise deliveries to smaller, more remote retailers, like corner shop or village newsagents.’
      • ‘The goods were then distributed to major phone retailers, the ministry said.’
    2. 1.2Printing Separate (metal type that has been set up) and return the characters to their separate compartments in a type case.
  • 2be distributedOccur throughout an area:

    ‘the birds are mainly distributed in marshes and river valleys’
    • ‘Tuco-tucos belong to the family Octodontidae and are distributed throughout the southern cone of South America with more than 56 described species.’
    • ‘A climbing fern Lygodium japonicum is classified into the Filicales and is distributed throughout the warm temperate areas in Japan.’
    • ‘Muntjac deer (Muntiacinae, Cervidae) are distributed throughout Southeast Asia, South China, and India.’
    • ‘By the Late Cretaceous, species of Hoploparia were distributed throughout temperate and subarctic regions of both hemispheres.’
    • ‘Cytosolic GS was found to be distributed throughout the root with apparent homogeneity within the epidermis, exodermis, cortex, and central cylinder.’
    • ‘A further 30 species were primarily confined to freshwater riparian areas distributed throughout the park.’
    • ‘Microsatellite loci appear to be distributed throughout vertebrate genomes and can demonstrate high levels of intraspecific allelic polymorphism.’
    • ‘The Yellow Wagtail is widely distributed throughout the Old World and has colonized Alaska in the New World.’
    • ‘Quinolones are widely distributed throughout the body.’
    • ‘The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has an abundance of microsatellites that are distributed throughout its 16 chromosomes.’
    • ‘The genus Cypripedium comprises 49 species, which are widely distributed throughout Northern America, Eastern Asia and Europe.’
    • ‘The fat was distributed delicately yet densely throughout the meat, looking almost like snow.’
    • ‘Rickettsial diseases are vector-borne illnesses usually carried by ticks, lice, fleas, or mites, and are widely distributed throughout the world.’
    disperse, diffuse, disseminate, scatter, spread, strew
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    1. 2.1 Spread (a load) over an area:
      ‘the seat is designed to ensure the weight of the passenger is evenly distributed’
      • ‘The system bears the maximum and evenly distributed load.’
      • ‘This ensures that the laden fluid is evenly distributed around the casing and therefore enters the tuyeres from all directions.’
      • ‘Pressure is more evenly distributed in the remainder of the pulley system.’
      • ‘Most of your weight should be evenly distributed along the shins from the knees to the feet.’
      • ‘‘The work load gets evenly distributed through all semesters,’ she says.’
      • ‘A simple way to reduce overloading is to ensure adequate number of electric points so that load is distributed evenly through different circuits.’
      • ‘Instead, the deformed shapes of these columns are more consistent with loads that were distributed over the height of the columns.’
      • ‘The data were plotted on a semi-logarithmic scale, so that the histogram peaks from 2C to 32C were evenly distributed along the abscissa.’
      • ‘Take the zaatar and massage it into the chicken, inside and out, making sure it also is evenly distributed.’
      • ‘The load is transferred through the cross-bridges, which are evenly distributed along the thick filament.’
      • ‘Your weight should be distributed about evenly across your two feet.’
      • ‘The toes were all of equal length, allowing the body weight to be evenly distributed over them.’
      • ‘This graft fixation method enabled the force to be evenly distributed within each single graft strand.’
      • ‘These people seemed to have their weight evenly distributed to all areas of their body, making them an all-around heavyweight.’
    2. 2.2as adjective distributedComputing (of a computer system) spread over several machines, especially over a network:
      ‘a distributed system’
      • ‘A system of distributed network transtelephonic monitors is also described.’
      • ‘According to Drummond, Google now operates the world's largest distributed computer system.’
      • ‘His main areas of interest are computer networks and distributed computing.’
      • ‘The Common ARTS system is a highly distributed, networked, multithreaded, real-time system.’
      • ‘Was there some inherent technical reason why the system became a distributed network, rather than a military reason?’
  • 3Logic
    Use (a term) to include every individual of the class to which it refers:

    ‘the middle term must be distributed, at least once, in the premises’
    • ‘Failing to distribute the middle term over at least one of the other terms is the fallacy of undistributed middle.’

Usage

The word distribute is pronounced either with the stress on the -stri- or with the stress on the dis-. Until recently the latter, with the stress on the first syllable, was considered incorrect in standard British English, but now both pronunciations are standard

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin distribut- divided up, from the verb distribuere, from dis- apart + tribuere assign.

Pronunciation:

distribute

/dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt/