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disperseverb [I or T]

uk   /dɪˈspɜːs/  us   /-spɝːs/
to ​spreadacross or ​move away over a ​largearea, or to make something do this: When the ​rain came down the ​crowdsstarted to disperse. Police dispersed the ​crowd that had ​gathered.

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dispersal
noun [U] uk   /-ˈspɜː.səl/  us   /-ˈspɝː.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 ​largearea, 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)
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