1 deal or dole out, parcel out, give (out), mete out, dispense, apportion, allot, share (out), partition, divide up, assign, issue, circulate, pass out, pass round or around, hand out, deliver, convey, Colloq dish or spoon out:
Emergency rations were distributed to the flood victims.
2 disperse, scatter, strew, spread (round or around or about), diffuse, disseminate:
Mammals are uniformly distributed over the globe.
3 sort, classify, class, categorize, assort, arrange, group, file, order:
Distribute the packages according to their size.
1 give sth out
equally, fairly | unequally | widely
The leaflets have been widely distributed.
Copies of the book were distributed free to each school in the district.
We distributed the money equally among the team members.
| between, to
distributing aid to people in need
2 spread sth
Wealth is not evenly distributed between age groups.
| unevenly | randomly
Smokers were randomly distributed in the sample interviewed.
| patchily, sparsely
among, between, throughout
There are over 35,000 species of orchid distributed throughout the world.
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