- to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
- to spread widely; disseminate: to disperse knowledge.
- to dispel; cause to vanish: The wind dispersed the fog.
- Physical Chemistry. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.
- Optics. to subject (light) to dispersion.
- to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered: The crowd dispersed.
- to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish: The smoke dispersed into the sky.
- Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.
Origin of disperse
1350–1400; Middle English dispersen, disparsen (< Middle French disperser) < Latin dispersus (past participle of dispergere), equivalent to di- di-2 + -sper(g)- scatter (stem of -spergere, combining form of spargere to scatter, strew) + -sus past participle suffix
Synonyms for disperse
1. See scatter. 2. sow, broadcast. 7. disappear, evanesce.
Antonyms for disperse
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- to scatter; distribute over a wide area
- to dissipate or cause to dissipate
- to leave or cause to leave a gathering, often in a random manner
- to separate or be separated by dispersion
- (tr) to diffuse or spread (news, information, etc)
- to separate (particles) throughout a solid, liquid, or gas, as in the formation of a suspension or colloid
- of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspensiondisperse phase
Word Origin for disperse
C14: from Latin dispērsus scattered, from dispergere to scatter widely, from di- ² + spargere to strew
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- To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
- To cause to vanish or disappear.
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