Definition of distribute in English:

distribute

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give shares of (something); deal out.

    ‘information leaflets are being distributed to hotels and guest houses’
    • ‘I have learned recently that in almost all cases, food is distributed to recipients prior to their doing any work.’
    • ‘Therefore, employees who are let go before tips are distributed often lose their share of the allocation.’
    • ‘There was no attempt to distribute the images or share them with others, he said.’
    • ‘A Camden Defend Council Housing broadsheet is being distributed to every flat.’
    • ‘Like all research labs, we needed to share disks, distribute processes, compile software and store and munge data.’
    • ‘Usaid pays an aid organization to hire independent staffers, who then travel to the recipient country and distribute aid as they see fit.’
    • ‘The program, Berklee Shares, encourages musicians to share and distribute these music lessons online.’
    • ‘The three villages, though separately ruled, worked together as a unit, sharing and distributing the resources they had at their disposal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fifty $1,000 scholarships are to be distributed each year to individuals seeking associate degrees in medical laboratory science.’
    • ‘The money will be distributed to individual schools which made bids for vital new facilities such as sports halls, fitness rooms and games pitches.’
    • ‘Up to £90 per person was distributed to citizens who share the great man's birthday.’
    • ‘But the Grid goes beyond sharing and distributing data and computing resources.’
    • ‘However, many UK companies distribute share options to all employees, linked to monthly savings plans.’
    • ‘Sharing these views is what made the Internet in the first place; a medium to quickly share and distribute information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Give a subordinate unit the task to distribute newsletters or flyers and use the remaining elements to provide security-be ready to fight.’
    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 stores and other businesses that sell to consumers.
      ‘the journal is distributed worldwide’
      • ‘The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.’
      • ‘Posters of the former rider will be distributed while supplies last.’
      • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.’
      • ‘To start, two million cards will be distributed at retailers and through street teams hitting places where kids hang out.’
      • ‘The goods were then distributed to major phone retailers, the ministry said.’
      • ‘An additional line, Farmer's All Natural Milk, is distributed in select retail outlets in the Front Range.’
      • ‘In addition, 36 global dual-use licences allowed restricted goods to be distributed worldwide with a single licence.’
      • ‘Iron is one of the most widely distributed of metals and has been used in ornamental work since prehistoric times.’
      • ‘There are lots of people now employed in in big warehouses to distribute goods which would formerly have been distributed through retail outlets.’
      • ‘Hockaday also oversaw creation of Crown Media Holdings Inc., which operates and distributes the Hallmark Channel worldwide.’
      • ‘Besides these immediate clients, however, Lipchanka's goods are distributed under various brand names worldwide.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods.’
      • ‘Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Ltd and © BBC 1996.’
      • ‘The booklets will be distributed to producers, retailers, consumers and enforcement officers.’
      • ‘The series is being distributed by BBC Worldwide which could result in extensive international TV sales, merchandising and publishing spin-offs.’
      • ‘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 problem is not lack of supply, because nationwide we have more than enough energy production; the problem is how that supply is being distributed.’
      • ‘Chemical stains and polymer toppings are now being distributed through construction supply houses.’
      • ‘New labels will be distributed to retailers still wanting to sell the current version.’
    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’
    • ‘The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has an abundance of microsatellites that are distributed throughout its 16 chromosomes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rickettsial diseases are vector-borne illnesses usually carried by ticks, lice, fleas, or mites, and are widely distributed throughout the world.’
    • ‘By the Late Cretaceous, species of Hoploparia were distributed throughout temperate and subarctic regions of both hemispheres.’
    • ‘The genus Cypripedium comprises 49 species, which are widely distributed throughout Northern America, Eastern Asia and Europe.’
    • ‘A further 30 species were primarily confined to freshwater riparian areas distributed throughout the park.’
    • ‘The fat was distributed delicately yet densely throughout the meat, looking almost like snow.’
    • ‘Microsatellite loci appear to be distributed throughout vertebrate genomes and can demonstrate high levels of intraspecific allelic polymorphism.’
    • ‘Muntjac deer (Muntiacinae, Cervidae) are distributed throughout Southeast Asia, South China, and India.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cytosolic GS was found to be distributed throughout the root with apparent homogeneity within the epidermis, exodermis, cortex, and central cylinder.’
    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’
      • ‘This graft fixation method enabled the force to be evenly distributed within each single graft strand.’
      • ‘Most of your weight should be evenly distributed along the shins from the knees to the feet.’
      • ‘A simple way to reduce overloading is to ensure adequate number of electric points so that load is distributed evenly through different circuits.’
      • ‘The toes were all of equal length, allowing the body weight to be evenly distributed over them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These people seemed to have their weight evenly distributed to all areas of their body, making them an all-around heavyweight.’
      • ‘‘The work load gets evenly distributed through all semesters,’ she says.’
      • ‘The data were plotted on a semi-logarithmic scale, so that the histogram peaks from 2C to 32C were evenly distributed along the abscissa.’
      • ‘The load is transferred through the cross-bridges, which are evenly distributed along the thick filament.’
      • ‘The system bears the maximum and evenly distributed load.’
      • ‘Take the zaatar and massage it into the chicken, inside and out, making sure it also is evenly distributed.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

distribute

/dəˈstrɪbjut//dəˈstribyo͞ot/