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disperse

[ dih-spurs ]
/ d瑟藞sp蓽rs /
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verb (used with object), dis路persed, dis路pers路ing.
verb (used without object), dis路persed, dis路pers路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鈥1400; Middle English dispersen, disparsen (from Middle French disperser,) from Latin dispersus (past participle of dispergere), equivalent to di-di-2 + -sper(g)- 鈥渟catter鈥 (stem of -spergere, combining form of spargere 鈥渢o scatter, strew鈥) + -sus past participle suffix

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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
/ (d瑟藞sp蓽藧s) /

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

Derived forms of disperse

dispersedly (d瑟藞sp蓽藧s瑟dl瑟), adverbdisperser, noun

Word Origin for disperse

C14: from Latin disp膿rsus scattered, from dispergere to scatter widely, from di- 虏 + spargere to strew

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