verb (used with object), dis·trib·ut·ed, dis·trib·ut·ing.
- to roll out (ink) on the table to attain the proper consistency.
- to return (type) to the proper place after printing.
Origin of distribute
Examples from the Web for distributing
And in many cases al-Shabab insisted on distributing the aid, keeping much of it for itself, according to ODI.
Africans are on the front lines of humanitarian efforts, distributing life-saving aid in dangerous environments.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough|John Prendergast|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sewage pipes burst on the 7th floor of the building, distributing a strong, rotten smell that seemed to match the mood.
The filmmakers, on their part, have accused Bergé of distributing letters to parties associated with the film to try to stop it.Unauthorized ‘Saint Laurent’ Biopic: Quel Scandale!|Liza Foreman|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has spent the past three years working on Real Life, his first feature film which Paramount is distributing.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career|Paul Slansky|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And they go about like theatrical managers, distributing parts to each other.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series|August Strindberg
General Cox said that distributing offices occupied "the larger part of the time of the President and all his Cabinet."The Boss and the Machine|Samuel P. Orth
I never yet heard of any library that was buying books and distributing them.
It is an important collecting and distributing point for lake-freights, and the chief centre of commerce with Canada.Commercial Geography|Jacques W. Redway
The problem of distributing the apple fairly is then a complex in which at least the following processes enter.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for distributing
Word Origin for distribute
Word Origin and History for distributing
early 15c., "to deal out or apportion," from Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere "to divide, distribute" (see distribution). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing.