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English definition of “disperse”

disperse

verb [I or T] uk   /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
noun [U] uk   /-ˈspɜː.səl/ us    /-ˈspɝː.səl/
Spreading and scattering
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