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disperse (v.)

late 14c., dispersen, "to scatter, separate and send off or drive in different directions," from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere "to scatter," from dis- "apart, in every direction" (see dis-) + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by tostregdan. Intransitive sense of "to separate and move apart in different directions without regularity" is from 1520s. Of clouds, fears, etc., "to dissipate," 1560s (transitive), 1590s (intransitive). Related: Dispersed; dispersing.

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Definitions of disperse from WordNet

disperse (v.)
distribute loosely;
Synonyms: scatter / sprinkle / dot / dust
disperse (v.)
to cause to separate and go in different directions;
Synonyms: dissipate / dispel / break up / scatter
disperse (v.)
cause to separate;
disperse particles
Synonyms: break up / scatter
disperse (v.)
move away from each other;
The crowds dispersed
Synonyms: dissipate / scatter / spread out
disperse (v.)
separate (light) into spectral rays;
the prism disperses light
disperse (v.)
cause to become widely known;
Synonyms: circulate / circularize / circularise / distribute / disseminate / propagate / broadcast / spread / diffuse / pass around
From wordnet.princeton.edu