UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈstrɪbyut/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di stribyo̅o̅t)

Inflections of 'distribute' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dis•trib•ute /dɪˈstrɪbyut/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object (+ among/to + object)], -ut•ed, -ut•ing. 
  1. to divide and give out in shares:The relief agency will distribute the food among several countries; distributing political pamphlets on the streets.
  2. to spread over an area;
    scatter:to distribute seeds.
  3. Businessto sell or supply (merchandise) in an area:He distributes cars for the rental agency in that region.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dis•trib•ute  (di stribyo̅o̅t),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -ut•ed, -ut•ing. 
  1. to divide and give out in shares;
    deal out;
  2. to disperse through a space or over an area;
  3. Businessto promote, sell, and ship or deliver (an item or line of merchandise) to individual customers, esp. in a specified region or area.
  4. to pass out or deliver (mail, newspapers, etc.) to intended recipients.
  5. to divide into distinct phases:The process was distributed into three stages.
  6. to divide into classes:These plants are distributed into 22 classes.
  7. Philosophy[Logic.]to employ (a term) in a proposition so as to refer to all individuals denoted by the term.
  8. Chemistry[Physical Chem.]to dissolve uniformly in a solvent consisting of layers of immiscible or partially miscible substances.
  9. [Print.]
    • Printingto roll out (ink) on the table to attain the proper consistency.
    • Printingto return (type) to the proper place after printing.
dis•tribut•a•ble, adj. 
  • Latin distribūtus, past participle of distribuere to divide up. See dis-1, tribute
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged assign, mete, apportion.
      Distribute, dispense apply to giving out something.
      Distribute implies apportioned, individualized giving, esp. of something that is definite or limited in amount or number:The prizes were distributed among ten winners.Dispense formerly implied indiscriminate, general, and liberal giving, esp. of something that was more or less indefinite or unmeasured in amount:to dispense largess.It now applies chiefly to giving according to need or deserts, from an organized and official source:to dispense medicines and food to the victims.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dispose, sort, arrange, categorize.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
distribute /dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to give out in shares; dispense
  2. to hand out or deliver
  3. (often passive) to spread throughout a space or area
  4. (often passive) to divide into classes or categories; classify
  5. to return (used type) to the correct positions in the type case
  6. to incorporate in a distributed term of a categorial proposition
  7. to expand an expression containing two operators in such a way that the precedence of the operators is changed; for example, distributing multiplication over addition in a(b + c) yields ab + ac
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin distribuere from dis-1 + tribuere to give

disˈtributable adj
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Collocations: distribute the [information, pamphlets], distribute copies of, distribute [toys, clothes, food] to the needy, more...

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