WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of disseminate 1595–1605;
(past participle of
dissēmināre; dis- dis- 1
to sow), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms dis·sem·i·na·tion, noun dis·sem·i·na·tive, adjective dis·sem·i·na·tor, noun un·dis·sem·i·nat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disseminative verb (tr) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse Derived Forms dissemination, noun disseminative, adjective disseminator, noun Word Origin for disseminate
C17: from Latin
dissēmināre, from dis- 1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for disseminative v.
c.1600, from Latin
disseminatus, past participle of disseminare "to spread abroad, disseminate," from dis- "in every direction" (see dis-) + seminare "to plant, propagate," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Related: Disseminated; disseminates; disseminating. Middle English had dissemen "to scatter" (early 15c.).
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