- 1[transitive] to throw or drop things in different directions so that they cover an area of ground scatter something They scattered his ashes at sea. scatter something on/over/around something Scatter the grass seed over the lawn. He banged his fist on the table and the chess pieces scattered over the floor. scatter something with something Scatter the lawn with grass seed.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to move or to make people or animals move very quickly in different directions synonym disperse At the first gunshot, the crowd scattered. The mice scattered when I entered the room. scatter somebody/something The explosion scattered a flock of birds roosting in the trees. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): probably a variant of shatter.
BrE BrE//ˈskætə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scatter
BrE BrE//ˈskætə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætər//he / she / it scatters
BrE BrE//ˈskætəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætərz//past simple scattered
BrE BrE//ˈskætəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætərd//past participle scattered
BrE BrE//ˈskætəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætərd//-ing form scattering
BrE BrE//ˈskætərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætərɪŋ//