Meaning of “disperse” in the English Dictionary

"disperse" in British English

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disperseverb [ I or T ]

uk /dɪˈspɜːs/ us /dɪˈspɝːs/

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.

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dispersal
noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈspɜː.səl/ us /dɪˈspɝː.səl/

(Definition of “disperse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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disperseverb [ I/T ]

us /dɪˈspɜrs/

to scatter or move away over a large area, or to cause this to happen:

[ I ] It took several hours for the crowd to disperse.
dispersal
noun [ U ] us /dɪˈspɜr·səl/

(Definition of “disperse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)