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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISSEMINATE, v.t. [l., to sow; seed.]
1. Literally, to sow; to scatter seed; but seldom or never used in its literal sense. But hence,
2. To scatter for growth and propagation, like seed; to spread. Thus, principles, opinions and errors are disseminated, when they are spread and propagated. To disseminate truth or the gospel is highly laudable.
3. To spread; to diffuse.
A uniform heat disseminate through the body of the earth.
4. To spread; to disperse.
The Jews are disseminated through all the trading parts of the world.
[The second is the most proper application of the word, as it should always include the idea of growth or taking root. The fourth sense is hardly vindicable.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare, from dis- + seminare to sow, from semin-, semen seed more at semen Date: 1566 1. to spread abroad as though sowing seed <disseminate ideas> 2. to disperse throughout dissemination noun disseminator noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. scatter about, spread (esp. ideas) widely. Phrases and idioms: disseminated sclerosis = SCLEROSIS 2. Derivatives: dissemination n. disseminator n. Etymology: L disseminare (as DIS-, semen -inis seed)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Disseminate Dis*sem"i*nate, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Disseminated; p. pr. & vb. n. Disseminating.] [L. disseminatus, p. p. of disseminare to disseminate; dis- + seminare to sow, semen seed. See Seminary.] 1. To sow broadcast or as seed; to scatter for growth and propagation, like seed; to spread abroad; to diffuse; as, principles, ideas, opinions, and errors are disseminated when they are spread abroad for propagation. 2. To spread or extend by dispersion. A nearly uniform and constant fire or heat disseminated throughout the body of the earth. --Woodward. Syn: To spread; diffuse; propagate; circulate; disperse; scatter.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(disseminates, disseminating, disseminated) To disseminate information or knowledge means to distribute it so that it reaches many people or organizations. (FORMAL) They disseminated anti-French propaganda. = propagate VERB: V n dissemination He promoted the dissemination of scientific ideas. N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Spread, propagate, diffuse, disperse, circulate, promulgate, spread abroad.

Moby Thesaurus

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