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disseminate v : cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around]

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disseminatus, past participle of disseminare, from prefix dis- "in all directions" + seminare "to plant or propagate", from semen, seminis "seed."


  • (UK) /dɪ'semɪˌneɪt/


  1. To sow and scatter principles, ideas, opinions, and errors for growth and propagation, like seed
  2. To become scattered.
The myth is disseminated throughout the southwest.

Derived terms


transitive: to sow and scatter principles, etc. for propagation, like seed intransitive: to become scattered
transitive: to sow and scatter principles, etc. for propagation, like seed
intransitive: to become scattered



  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, disseminare#Italian|disseminare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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