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verb [transitive] distribute pronunciation in British English /dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledistributing
past tensedistributed
past participledistributed
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  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 anti-government leaflets.
    distribute something to someone: We distributed beans and maize to the refugees.
  2. 2
    to supply goods from one central place to shops
    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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