scatter - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/ˈskætə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theyscatter
he/she/itscatters
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.

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  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.