Definition of distribute in English:

distribute

Pronunciation /ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/

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’
    • ‘There was no attempt to distribute the images or share them with others, he said.’
    • ‘However, many UK companies distribute share options to all employees, linked to monthly savings plans.’
    • ‘The three villages, though separately ruled, worked together as a unit, sharing and distributing the resources they had at their disposal.’
    • ‘Sharing these views is what made the Internet in the first place; a medium to quickly share and distribute information.’
    • ‘Like all research labs, we needed to share disks, distribute processes, compile software and store and munge data.’
    • ‘But the Grid goes beyond sharing and distributing data and computing resources.’
    • ‘The program, Berklee Shares, encourages musicians to share and distribute these music lessons online.’
    • ‘Therefore, employees who are let go before tips are distributed often lose their share of the allocation.’
    • ‘Fifty $1,000 scholarships are to be distributed each year to individuals seeking associate degrees in medical laboratory science.’
    • ‘Give a subordinate unit the task to distribute newsletters or flyers and use the remaining elements to provide security-be ready to fight.’
    • ‘The money will be distributed to individual schools which made bids for vital new facilities such as sports halls, fitness rooms and games pitches.’
    • ‘A Camden Defend Council Housing broadsheet is being distributed to every flat.’
    • ‘Usaid pays an aid organization to hire independent staffers, who then travel to the recipient country and distribute aid as they see fit.’
    • ‘Up to £90 per person was distributed to citizens who share the great man's birthday.’
    • ‘As a subscriber to their newsletter and referrer of 3 subscribers, I got 8 shares when they distributed them.’
    • ‘It should be no surprise that in the long run the shares of growth are distributed equally across all income levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the political sphere, the possibilities for political participation should be equally distributed.’
    • ‘As such, this publication is widely distributed to all units of Army.’
    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’
      • ‘Chemical stains and polymer toppings are now being distributed through construction supply houses.’
      • ‘Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Ltd and © BBC 1996.’
      • ‘Hockaday also oversaw creation of Crown Media Holdings Inc., which operates and distributes the Hallmark Channel worldwide.’
      • ‘Iron is one of the most widely distributed of metals and has been used in ornamental work since prehistoric times.’
      • ‘The booklets will be distributed to producers, retailers, consumers and enforcement officers.’
      • ‘New labels will be distributed to retailers still wanting to sell the current version.’
      • ‘Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods.’
      • ‘To start, two million cards will be distributed at retailers and through street teams hitting places where kids hang out.’
      • ‘The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.’
      • ‘By distributing to larger news retailers such as Tesco, it can subsidise deliveries to smaller, more remote retailers, like corner shop or village newsagents.’
      • ‘Besides these immediate clients, however, Lipchanka's goods are distributed under various brand names worldwide.’
      • ‘An additional line, Farmer's All Natural Milk, is distributed in select retail outlets in the Front Range.’
      • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.’
      • ‘The goods were then distributed to major phone retailers, the ministry said.’
      • ‘There are lots of people now employed in in big warehouses to distribute goods which would formerly have been distributed through retail outlets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The series is being distributed by BBC Worldwide which could result in extensive international TV sales, merchandising and publishing spin-offs.’
      • ‘In addition, 36 global dual-use licences allowed restricted goods to be distributed worldwide with a single licence.’
      • ‘Posters of the former rider will be distributed while supplies last.’
    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’
    • ‘Quinolones are widely distributed throughout the body.’
    • ‘The genus Cypripedium comprises 49 species, which are widely distributed throughout Northern America, Eastern Asia and Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Muntjac deer (Muntiacinae, Cervidae) are distributed throughout Southeast Asia, South China, and India.’
    • ‘Rickettsial diseases are vector-borne illnesses usually carried by ticks, lice, fleas, or mites, and are widely distributed throughout the world.’
    • ‘The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has an abundance of microsatellites that are distributed throughout its 16 chromosomes.’
    • ‘Cytosolic GS was found to be distributed throughout the root with apparent homogeneity within the epidermis, exodermis, cortex, and central cylinder.’
    • ‘A climbing fern Lygodium japonicum is classified into the Filicales and is distributed throughout the warm temperate areas in Japan.’
    • ‘The fat was distributed delicately yet densely throughout the meat, looking almost like snow.’
    • ‘Tuco-tucos belong to the family Octodontidae and are distributed throughout the southern cone of South America with more than 56 described species.’
    • ‘By the Late Cretaceous, species of Hoploparia were distributed throughout temperate and subarctic regions of both hemispheres.’
    • ‘A further 30 species were primarily confined to freshwater riparian areas distributed throughout the park.’
    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’
      • ‘These people seemed to have their weight evenly distributed to all areas of their body, making them an all-around heavyweight.’
      • ‘The data were plotted on a semi-logarithmic scale, so that the histogram peaks from 2C to 32C were evenly distributed along the abscissa.’
      • ‘This graft fixation method enabled the force to be evenly distributed within each single graft strand.’
      • ‘Your weight should be distributed about evenly across your two feet.’
      • ‘Instead, the deformed shapes of these columns are more consistent with loads that were distributed over the height of the columns.’
      • ‘The system bears the maximum and evenly distributed load.’
      • ‘‘The work load gets evenly distributed through all semesters,’ she says.’
      • ‘The toes were all of equal length, allowing the body weight to be evenly distributed over them.’
      • ‘Take the zaatar and massage it into the chicken, inside and out, making sure it also is evenly distributed.’
      • ‘Pressure is more evenly distributed in the remainder of the pulley system.’
      • ‘The load is transferred through the cross-bridges, which are evenly distributed along the thick filament.’
      • ‘This ensures that the laden fluid is evenly distributed around the casing and therefore enters the tuyeres from all directions.’
      • ‘A simple way to reduce overloading is to ensure adequate number of electric points so that load is distributed evenly through different circuits.’
      • ‘Most of your weight should be evenly distributed along the shins from the knees to the feet.’
    2. 2.2as adjective distributedComputing (of a computer system) spread over several machines, especially over a network.
      ‘a distributed system’
      • ‘Was there some inherent technical reason why the system became a distributed network, rather than a military reason?’
      • ‘His main areas of interest are computer networks and distributed computing.’
      • ‘According to Drummond, Google now operates the world's largest distributed computer system.’
      • ‘A system of distributed network transtelephonic monitors is also described.’
      • ‘The Common ARTS system is a highly distributed, networked, multithreaded, real-time system.’
  • 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

/ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/