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English definition of “disperse”


verb [I or T]     /dɪˈspɜːs/ US  /-spɝːs/
to spread across or move away over a large area , or to make something do this: When the rain came down the crowds started to disperse. Police dispersed the crowd that had gathered .Spreading and scattering dispersal     /-ˈspɜː.səl/ US  /-ˈspɝː.səl/ noun [U] Spreading and scattering
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