[ in-ter-spurs ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈspɜrs /
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verb (used with object), in·ter·spersed, in·ter·spers·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

1560–70; <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·ter·spers·ed·ly [in-ter-spur-sid-lee], /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr sɪd li/, adverbin·ter·sper·sion [in-ter-spur-zhuhn or, especially British, -shuhn], /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr ʒən or, especially British, -ʃən/, in·ter·sper·sal, nounun·in·ter·spersed, adjective
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How to use intersperse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intersperse

/ (ˌɪntəˈspɜːs) /

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 (ˌɪntəˈspɜːsɪdlɪ), adverbinterspersion (ˌɪntəˈspɜːʃən) or interspersal, noun

Word Origin for intersperse

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