diffuse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “diffuse” in the English Dictionary

"diffuse" in British English

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diffuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfjuːz/
to (​cause something to) ​spread in many ​directions: Television is a ​powerfulmeans of diffusing ​knowledge. to (​cause a ​gas or ​liquid to) ​spread through or into a ​surroundingsubstance by ​mixing with it: Oxygen diffuses from the ​lungs into the ​bloodstream. The ​drop of ​reddye diffused ​slowly in the ​water.
noun [U] uk   us   /dɪˈfjuː.ʒən/
the ​process of diffusion in ​gases/​liquids/​solids


uk   us   /dɪˈfjuːs/

diffuse adjective (SPREAD)

spread out and not ​directed in one ​place: a diffuse ​light The ​company has ​becomelarge and diffuse.

diffuse adjective (NOT CLEAR)

disapproving not ​clear or ​easy to ​understand: a diffuse ​literarystyle
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of diffuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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diffuseverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈfjuz/
to ​spread or ​cause something to ​spread in many ​directions: [T] Television is a ​powerfulmeans of diffusing ​knowledge. To diffuse is also to make something less ​noticeable or ​weaker: [T] The ​guidetried to diffuse the ​tension with his ​grin.


 us   /dɪˈfjus/
not ​dense but ​spread out over a ​largearea or ​space: The ​smoke may have been too diffuse to ​detect.
(Definition of diffuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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