- to scatter here and there or place at intervals among other things: to intersperse flowers among shrubs.
- to diversify with something placed or scattered at intervals: to intersperse a dull speech with interesting anecdotes.
Origin of intersperse
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1. strew, sprinkle.
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Examples from the Web for intersperse
Intersperse the pieces of chicken with layers of paste in square slices.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
Some funny incidents too, intersperse themselves from time to time.Lige on the Line of March
Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
If you have, commit half-a-dozen texts to memory, and intersperse them judiciously through your conversation.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
But these they do exceedingly well, and intersperse them, with singular ingenuity, wherever they find room for the chisel.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Intersperse prayers with your exhortations, and thereby call down fire from heaven, even the fire of the Holy Ghost.
- to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
- to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there
C16: from Latin interspargere, from inter- + spargere to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for intersperse
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