- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move apart and go away in different directions; to make someone or something do this The fog began to disperse. The crowd dispersed quickly. disperse somebody/something Police dispersed the protesters with tear gas.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] disperse (something) to spread or to make something spread over a wide area synonym scatter The seeds are dispersed by the wind.
NAmE//dɪˈspərs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disperse
he / she / it disperses
past simple dispersed
-ing form dispersing