Etymology
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distribute (v.)

early 15c., distributen, "to deal out or apportion, bestow in parts or in due proportion," from Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere "to divide, deal out in portions," from dis- "individually" (see dis-) + tribuere "to pay, assign, grant," also "allot among the tribes or to a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). Meaning "separate and put or place in order" is from 1550s. Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing.

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Definitions of distribute

distribute (v.)
administer or bestow, as in small portions;
Synonyms: administer / mete out / deal / parcel out / lot / dispense / shell out / deal out / dish out / allot / dole out
distribute (v.)
distribute or disperse widely;
Synonyms: spread
distribute (v.)
make available;
The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia
distribute (v.)
give to several people;
Synonyms: give out / hand out / pass out
distribute (v.)
cause to be distributed;
Synonyms: circulate / pass around / pass on
distribute (v.)
cause to become widely known;
Synonyms: circulate / circularize / circularise / disseminate / propagate / broadcast / spread / diffuse / disperse / pass around
distribute (v.)
spread throughout a given area;
the function distributes the values evenly
distribute (v.)
be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses;
Values distribute
distribute (v.)
be mathematically distributive;
distribute (v.)
to arrange in a systematic order;
Synonyms: stagger
From wordnet.princeton.edu