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verb     scatter pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlescattering
past tensescattered
past participlescattered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to throw or drop things so that they spread over an area

    I scattered some grain on the floor of the hen house.

    scatter something on/over/around etc.:

    The children had scattered toys all over the floor.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a group of people or animals scatter, they suddenly move away in different directions

    The rabbits scattered when they heard our footsteps.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if something scatters a group of people or animals, it makes them move away in different directions

      The enemy forces had been scattered and were unable to regroup.



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