distribute Definition

  • 1to give something out to several people, or to spread or supply something
  • 2to divide something among people

Using distribute: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "distribute" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The charity distributed food and clothing to the homeless.

  • Example

    The company distributes its products worldwide.

  • Example

    The teacher distributed the test papers to the students.

distribute Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for distribute

Phrases with distribute

  • distribute the wealth

    to divide the wealth of a country or society more equally among its people


    The government promised to distribute the wealth more fairly.

  • to spread oneself out over an area or to divide one's time between different tasks


    I need to distribute myself between work and family responsibilities.

  • to divide a heavy load among several people or vehicles


    We need to distribute the load evenly to avoid overloading any one vehicle.

Origins of distribute

from Latin 'distributus', meaning 'to divide'


Summary: distribute in Brief

To 'distribute' [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] means to give out or spread something among several people or to divide something among individuals. It can refer to physical objects like food or papers, or abstract concepts like wealth. Examples include 'The charity distributed food and clothing to the homeless,' and 'The teacher distributed the test papers to the students.'

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