- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move apart and go away in different directions; to make somebody/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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin dispers-
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disperse
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrs//he / she / it disperses
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrsɪz//past simple dispersed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrst//past participle dispersed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrst//-ing form dispersing
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɜːsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɜːrsɪŋ//