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intersperse

[ in-ter-spurs ]
/ 藢瑟n t蓹r藞sp蓽rs /
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verb (used with object), in路ter路spersed, in路ter路spers路ing.
to scatter here and there or place at intervals among other things: to intersperse flowers among shrubs.
to diversify with something placed or scattered at intervals: to intersperse a dull speech with interesting anecdotes.
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Origin of intersperse

1560鈥70; <Latin interspersus (past participle of interspergere to strew here and there), equivalent to inter-inter- + -spersus, combining form of sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter; see disperse

OTHER WORDS FROM intersperse

in路ter路spers路ed路ly [in-ter-spur-sid-lee], /藢瑟n t蓹r藞sp蓽r s瑟d li/, adverbin路ter路sper路sion [in-ter-spur-zhuhn or, especially British, -shuhn], /藢瑟n t蓹r藞sp蓽r 蕭蓹n or, especially British, -蕛蓹n/, in路ter路sper路sal, nounun路in路ter路spersed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intersperse

intersperse
/ (藢瑟nt蓹藞sp蓽藧s) /

verb (tr)
to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there

Derived forms of intersperse

interspersedly (藢瑟nt蓹藞sp蓽藧s瑟dl瑟), adverbinterspersion (藢瑟nt蓹藞sp蓽藧蕛蓹n) or interspersal, noun

Word Origin for intersperse

C16: from Latin interspargere, from inter- + spargere to sprinkle
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