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Definition of distribute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbyət//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distribute
    he / she / it distributes
    past simple distributed
    -ing form distributing
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  1. 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. 2distribute something to send goods to stores and businesses so that they can be sold Who distributes our products in the U.K?
  3. 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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