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’
    • ‘But the Grid goes beyond sharing and distributing data and computing resources.’
    • ‘Sharing these views is what made the Internet in the first place; a medium to quickly share and distribute information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Camden Defend Council Housing broadsheet is being distributed to every flat.’
    • ‘I have learned recently that in almost all cases, food is distributed to recipients prior to their doing any work.’
    • ‘Usaid pays an aid organization to hire independent staffers, who then travel to the recipient country and distribute aid as they see fit.’
    • ‘Therefore, employees who are let go before tips are distributed often lose their share of the allocation.’
    • ‘Up to £90 per person was distributed to citizens who share the great man's birthday.’
    • ‘The money will be distributed to individual schools which made bids for vital new facilities such as sports halls, fitness rooms and games pitches.’
    • ‘The three villages, though separately ruled, worked together as a unit, sharing and distributing the resources they had at their disposal.’
    • ‘As a subscriber to their newsletter and referrer of 3 subscribers, I got 8 shares when they distributed them.’
    • ‘The program, Berklee Shares, encourages musicians to share and distribute these music lessons online.’
    • ‘It's just a good economic model, and it actually distributed wealth and shared in productivity better than the trickle down theory.’
    • ‘Like all research labs, we needed to share disks, distribute processes, compile software and store and munge data.’
    • ‘It should be no surprise that in the long run the shares of growth are distributed equally across all income levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    give out, deal out, hand out, hand round, issue, dispense, administer, pass round, dole out, dispose of
    circulate, issue
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    1. 1.1Supply (goods) to stores and other businesses that sell to consumers.
      ‘the journal is distributed worldwide’
      • ‘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 series is being distributed by BBC Worldwide which could result in extensive international TV sales, merchandising and publishing spin-offs.’
      • ‘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 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 goods were then distributed to major phone retailers, the ministry said.’
      • ‘The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.’
      • ‘In addition, 36 global dual-use licences allowed restricted goods to be distributed worldwide with a single licence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The booklets will be distributed to producers, retailers, consumers and enforcement officers.’
      • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.’
      • ‘There are lots of people now employed in in big warehouses to distribute goods which would formerly have been distributed through retail outlets.’
      • ‘New labels will be distributed to retailers still wanting to sell the current version.’
      • ‘Hockaday also oversaw creation of Crown Media Holdings Inc., which operates and distributes the Hallmark Channel worldwide.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Posters of the former rider will be distributed while supplies last.’
      • ‘Iron is one of the most widely distributed of metals and has been used in ornamental work since prehistoric times.’
    2. 1.2Occur throughout an area.
      ‘the birds are mainly distributed in marshes and river valleys’
      • ‘Microsatellite loci appear to be distributed throughout vertebrate genomes and can demonstrate high levels of intraspecific allelic polymorphism.’
      • ‘Quinolones are widely distributed throughout the body.’
      • ‘The genus Cypripedium comprises 49 species, which are widely distributed throughout Northern America, Eastern Asia and Europe.’
      • ‘Tuco-tucos belong to the family Octodontidae and are distributed throughout the southern cone of South America with more than 56 described species.’
      • ‘Rickettsial diseases are vector-borne illnesses usually carried by ticks, lice, fleas, or mites, and are widely distributed throughout the world.’
      • ‘Cytosolic GS was found to be distributed throughout the root with apparent homogeneity within the epidermis, exodermis, cortex, and central cylinder.’
      • ‘The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has an abundance of microsatellites that are distributed throughout its 16 chromosomes.’
      • ‘A further 30 species were primarily confined to freshwater riparian areas distributed throughout the park.’
      • ‘The Yellow Wagtail is widely distributed throughout the Old World and has colonized Alaska in the New World.’
      • ‘A climbing fern Lygodium japonicum is classified into the Filicales and is distributed throughout the warm temperate areas in Japan.’
      • ‘By the Late Cretaceous, species of Hoploparia were distributed throughout temperate and subarctic regions of both hemispheres.’
      • ‘The fat was distributed delicately yet densely throughout the meat, looking almost like snow.’
      • ‘Muntjac deer (Muntiacinae, Cervidae) are distributed throughout Southeast Asia, South China, and India.’
    3. 1.3Printing
      Separate (metal type that has been set up) and return the characters to their separate compartments in a type case.
  • 2Logic
    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

/dəˈstribyo͞ot/