Definition of distribute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    distribute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distribute
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːt//
     
    he / she / it distributes
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːts//
     
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    past simple distributed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle distributed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form distributing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
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    ; BrE BrE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to 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. 2  distribute something to send goods to shops/stores and businesses so that they can be sold Who distributes our products in the UK?
  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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin distribut- ‘divided up’, from the verb distribuere, from dis- ‘apart’ + tribuere ‘assign’.Extra examples Copies of the book were distributed free to each school in the district. Generous workspaces must be well distributed throughout the library. Smokers were randomly distributed in the sample interviewed. The cheese is imported and distributed exclusively by Norland Inc. The leaflets have been widely distributed. The plant is globally distributed. The trend is broadly distributed and not just a big-city phenomenon. There are over 35 000 species of orchid distributed throughout the world. Viruses are often distributed via email. We distributed the money equally among the team members. Wealth is not evenly distributed between age groups. distributing aid to people in need nationally distributed brands of fruit juice ‘Plastika’ distributes our products in the UK. The organization distributed food and blankets to the earthquake victims.
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