disseminate

[ dih-sem-uh-neyt ]
/ dɪˈsɛm əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), dis·sem·i·nat·ed, dis·sem·i·nat·ing.

to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse: to disseminate information about preventive medicine.

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Origin of disseminate

1595–1605; <Latin dissēminātus (past participle of dissēmināre; dis-dis-1 + sēmināre to sow), equivalent to dis- + sēmin- (stem of sēmen seed) + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM disseminate

dis·sem·i·na·tion, noundis·sem·i·na·tive, adjectivedis·sem·i·na·tor, nounun·dis·sem·i·nat·ed, adjective
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VOCAB BUILDER

What does disseminate mean?

To disseminate is to distribute, spread, broadcast, or disperse widely.

The act or process of disseminating is dissemination.

The word is especially used in reference to the distribution of information, or things that contain information, like files and documents.

It is also associated with the official release of such information by organizations, such as a company that disseminates a press release or a government agency that disseminates information to the public.

Example: Our chief media officer is responsible for disseminating press releases to various outlets.

Where does disseminate come from?

The first records of the word disseminate come from around 1600. It comes from the Latin verb dissēmināre, from sēmināre, “to sow,” from sēmen, “seed.”

Sometimes, disseminating information is like scattering seeds in a field, with the goal being to spread it far and wide to the largest number of people possible—like when someone sends out a company-wide email. Other times, disseminating information may involve sending it to a more select set of recipients, such as a press release that’s only provided to certain journalists or news organizations. Sometimes, it happens in a much less organized way, such as on the internet, where the dissemination of information (and misinformation) is rapid and often unpredictable.

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How is disseminate used in real life?

Disseminate is most commonly used in discussion of the purposeful spread of information.

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of disseminate?

A. disperse
B. spread
C. circulate
D. conceal

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British Dictionary definitions for disseminate

disseminate
/ (dɪˈsɛmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(tr) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse

Derived forms of disseminate

dissemination, noundisseminative, adjectivedisseminator, noun

Word Origin for disseminate

C17: from Latin dissēmināre, from dis- 1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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