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verb [transitive]     distribute pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participledistributing
past tensedistributed
past participledistributed
  1. 1
    to give something such as food, clothes, or money to a group of people, especially so that each person gets an equal share

    The two men were convicted of distributing antigovernment leaflets.

    distribute something to someone:

    We distributed beans and corn to the refugees.

  2. 2
    to supply goods from one central place to stores

    Most of Japan’s manufacturers distribute their products through separate wholesale companies.

  3. 3
    to spread something over an area

    Water beds distribute body pressure much more evenly than conventional beds.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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