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UK [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] / US [dɪˈstrɪˌbjut] verb [transitive]
Word forms "distribute":
present tense I/you/we/they distribute he/she/it distributes present participle distributing past tense distributed past participle distributed
1)
a) 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.

b) to share an available supply of something such as money among people or organizations

A committee decides how the money is distributed.

2) to supply goods from one central place to shops

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

3) to spread something over an area

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


English dictionary. 2014.

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