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Definition of disperse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disperse
    he / she / it disperses
    past simple dispersed
    -ing form dispersing
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  1. 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. 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.
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