- 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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Interspersed are the occasional illustration, piece of sheet music, or recipe.South African Style and Substance
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"Fact" questions and topical discussions should be interspersed.College Teaching
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But his speech was interspersed with stronger language than that.Sarah's School Friend
Magnificent forests were interspersed with broad and green prairies.
- 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 interspersed
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