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verb     diffuse pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlediffusing
past tensediffused
past participlediffused
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a gas or liquid diffuses through a substance, or if it is diffused, it spreads through it

    Light gases diffuse through porous surfaces more rapidly than heavy gases.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if light diffuses, or if something diffuses it, it shines over a large area but not very brightly
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to spread something such as information, ideas, or power among a large group of people

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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