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.
- in·ter·spers·ed·ly [in-ter-spur-sid-lee], /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr sɪd li/, adverb
- in·ter·sper·sion [in-ter-spur-zhuhn or, especially British, -shuhn], /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr ʒən or, especially British, -ʃən/, in·ter·sper·sal, noun
- un·in·ter·spersed, adjective
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How to use intersperse in a sentence
Here’s a timeline of statements by Pompeo on the agreement and his dealings with the Taliban, interspersed with data and facts about the conflict.
Instead of hours of video calling, intersperse long conferences with shorter voice calls or quick direct messages.Leaders prepare for hybrid-work models ‘ensuring everyone is in the loop’ | Jessica Davies | August 9, 2021 | Digiday
The genetic tweaks that make humans uniquely human may come in small parcels interspersed with DNA inherited from extinct ancestors and cousins.
My favorite one is called a SINE, a noncoding RNA called “short interspersed nuclear element.”
Questlove spent months with the tapes, and then interspersed clips with interviews and other historical footage to create Summer of Soul, which is not just a concert film but a portrait of a transformative moment in America."This Film Was My Chance to Correct History": Questlove on Summer of Soul and the Oscars | Andrew R. Chow | June 28, 2021 | Time
Our author is wont to break off suddenly and intersperse his arguments with affectionate words of exhortation.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
That a grave historian should intersperse the innumerable trivialities of the Worthies may be only less shocking.A History of English Literature | George Saintsbury
intersperse the pieces of chicken with layers of paste in square slices.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book | Eliza Leslie
Some funny incidents too, intersperse themselves from time to time.Lige on the Line of March | Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
These kind of observations you have always wished me to intersperse, as they arise to my thoughts.Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) | Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for intersperse
to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there
- interspersedly (ˌɪntəˈspɜːsɪdlɪ), adverb
- interspersion (ˌɪntəˈspɜːʃən) or interspersal, noun
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