- 1to give things to a large number of people; to share something between a number of people distribute something The newspaper is distributed free. distribute something to somebody/something The organization distributed food to the earthquake victims. distribute something among somebody/something The money was distributed among schools in the area.
- 2 distribute something to send goods to stores and businesses so that they can be sold Who distributes our products in the U.K?
- 3[often passive] distribute something to spread something, or different parts of something, over an area Make sure that your weight is evenly distributed. Cases of the disease are widely distributed through Europe.
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NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbyut//, NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbyət//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distribute
,he / she / it distributes
,past simple distributed
,-ing form distributing