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.]
transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare, from dis- + seminare to sow, from semin-, semen seed — more at semenDate: 1566 1. to spread abroad as though sowing seed <disseminate ideas> 2. to disperse throughout • disseminationnoun • disseminatornoun
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.
(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 • disseminationHe promoted the dissemination of scientific ideas.N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n