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[ dih-sem-uh-neyt ]

verb (used with object)

, dis·sem·i·nat·ed, dis·sem·i·nat·ing.
  1. to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse:

    to disseminate information about preventive medicine.


/ dɪˈsɛmɪˌneɪt /


  1. tr to distribute or scatter about; diffuse

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Derived Forms

  • disˈsemiˌnator, noun
  • disˈseminative, adjective
  • disˌsemiˈnation, noun

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Other Words From

  • dis·sem·i·na·tion [dih-sem-, uh, -, ney, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • dis·sem·i·na·tive adjective
  • dis·sem·i·na·tor noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disseminate1

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin dissēminātus (past participle of dissēmināre; dis- dis- 1 + sēmināre “to sow”), equivalent to dis- + sēmin- (stem of sēmen “seed”) + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disseminate1

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

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Example Sentences

The long-time leader of Europe’s biggest economy was short on comforting words, saying that beating the disease hangs on the uncertain pace of developing and disseminating a vaccine—a process that could take 12 months or more.

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Some of the insights shared by our dozens of panelists helped to explain trends or disseminate practical advice, both of which will be crucial to marketers as we move past these first six months of marketing disruption.

The idea of “self-disseminating” vaccines has floated through epidemiological circles for decades, conceived mainly as a tool for protecting the health of wildlife.

Because health care — unlike the education system, the first three years of life really don’t have any infrastructure in which to disseminate programs.

It is legal in the United States to create and disseminate a medical device without FDA approval as long as no money is exchanged.

Part of the apparent panic stems from the different ways countries disseminate their information.

Doctors have a vast platform to investigate, tabulate, and disseminate just how miserable they are.

Most of the time, however, journalists disseminate boringly constructed articles or reports.

Each of these incidents incited the miffed woman to disseminate mild hearsay about my sexual orientation or general oddness.

I would rather keep all this in camera than disseminate it to the teeming raptors of the Internet.

With him painting was an instrument to disseminate the inventions of his poetic-satiric humour; it was a form of speech to him.

He had imbibed an opinion that it was his duty to disseminate the truths of the gospel among the unbelieving nations.

As they came to enjoy and disseminate their religion, they had no motive to irritate or disturb the aboriginal inhabitants.

The work of its ministers is not to discover and promulgate truths, but to invent and disseminate falsehoods.

Now it is very unpleasant to find that your news is untrue, when you have been at great pains to disseminate it.


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More About Disseminate

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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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