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"distribute" in British English

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distributeverb [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 tolocalschools. Several ​people were ​arrested for distributing ​racistleaflets/​pamphlets (to the ​spectators). The ​companyaimseventually to distribute (= ​supply for ​sale)itsproducts throughoutChina.

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

"distribute" in American English

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distributeverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈstrɪb·jut, -jət/
to ​divide something among several or many ​people, or to ​spread or ​scatter something over an ​area: Food and ​clothing are being distributed among/to the ​floodvictims. Shopping ​malls are ​widely distributed ​across the ​country.
(Definition of distribute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"distribute" in Business English

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distributeverb

uk   us   /dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/
[T] to give something to a large ​number of ​people, for ​example a ​share of a company's ​profits to ​shareholders: distribute sth to sb Operating ​expenses are first ​paid from the fund's ​assets before any ​earnings are distributed to ​shareholders.distribute sth among sb $80 million ​dollars were ​due to be distributed among the firm's ​creditors.
[I or T] COMMERCE, TRANSPORT to make a company's ​goodsavailable to the ​public, for ​example, by ​transporting, ​storing, and ​selling them: As ​small American ​companiesgenerate more ​salesoverseas, the ​infrastructure for ​selling and distributing U.S. ​products will continue to ​improve.distribute to sb The Scottish ​companyaims to be distributing to ​retailers within the US and Canada by next ​year.
(Definition of distribute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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