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scatter

verb uk   /ˈskæt.ər/ us    /ˈskæt̬.ɚ/

scatter verb (MOVE)

[I or T] to (cause to) move far apart in different directions: The protesters scattered at the sound of gunshots. The soldiers came in and scattered the crowd.
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scatter verb (COVER)

[T usually + adv/prep] to cover a surface with things that are far apart and in no particular arrangement: Scatter the powder around the plants. I scattered grass seed all over the lawn. I scattered the whole lawn with grass seed.
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