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distribute

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈstrɪb.juːt/ /ˈdɪs.trɪ.bjuːt/ us    /-jʊt/
B2 to give something out to several people, or to spread or supply something: The books will be distributed free to local schools. Several people were arrested for distributing racist leaflets/pamphlets (to the spectators). The company aims eventually to distribute (= supply for sale) its products throughout the European Union.Spreading and scatteringSharing
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