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disseminate

[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.
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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
Related formsdis·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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Historical Examples of disseminator

  • Ben Chayim was the disseminator of that superficial method satisfied with formul instead of thoughts.

    History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • It is from her being the depository and disseminator of such a spirit, that woman's influence is principally derived.

  • The ambitious teacher will do all the more harm if he is not merely a bungler of real wisdom but a disseminator of false wisdom.

  • The Times has published an indictment of the London plane-tree as a disseminator of disease.

  • Now don't tell me they're both anthropeds or pods, or whatever it is, because I'm onto you as a disseminator of knowledge!

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour


British Dictionary definitions for disseminator

disseminate

verb
  1. (tr) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse
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Derived Formsdissemination, noundisseminative, adjectivedisseminator, 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 disseminator

disseminate

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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