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disperse

[ dih-spurs ]
/ dɪˈspɜrs /
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verb (used with object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

verb (used without object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered: The crowd dispersed.
to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish: The smoke dispersed into the sky.

adjective

Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.

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Origin of disperse

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English dispersen, disparsen (from Middle French disperser,) from Latin dispersus (past participle of dispergere), equivalent to di-di-2 + -sper(g)- “scatter” (stem of -spergere, combining form of spargere “to scatter, strew”) + -sus past participle suffix

synonym study for disperse

1. See scatter.

OTHER WORDS FROM disperse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH disperse

disperse , disburse
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British Dictionary definitions for disperse

disperse
/ (dɪˈspɜːs) /

verb

adjective

of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspensiondisperse phase

Derived forms of disperse

dispersedly (dɪˈspɜːsɪdlɪ), adverbdisperser, noun

Word Origin for disperse

C14: from Latin dispērsus scattered, from dispergere to scatter widely, from di- ² + spargere to strew

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Medical definitions for disperse

disperse
[ dĭ-spûrs ]

v.

To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
To cause to vanish or disappear.
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