Meaning of “distribution” in the English Dictionary

"distribution" in English

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distributionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdɪs.trɪˈbjuː.ʃən/ us /ˌdɪs.trɪˈbjuː.ʃən/

C1 the process of giving things out to several people, or spreading or supplying something:

Has the Channel Tunnel improved the distribution of goods between the British Isles and mainland Europe?
distribution costs

C1 the way in which people or things are spread out in a place:

a map showing distribution of global population
They aimed to achieve a more equitable distribution of resources/wealth.

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

"distribution" in American English

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distributionnoun [ U ]

us /ˌdɪs·trəˈbju·ʃən/

the act of dividing something among people, or spreading or supplying something:

The bill would prohibit the sale and distribution of firearms.

Distribution is also the position or arrangement of something in space or time, or among a group of people:

a very substantial upward distribution of wealth in society

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

"distribution" in Business English

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uk /ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən/ us

[ U ] COMMERCE, TRANSPORT the process of transporting products from a manufacturer, storing them, and selling them to different stores and customers:

control/handle the distribution We handle the distribution of the product in the US and Mexico.
Investment will be used to expand marketing and distribution capabilities.
We signed a distribution agreement with a company in Spain.
distribution partners/networks

[ C or U ] FINANCE a payment of dividends or shares to a company's shareholders:

Through our Dividend Reinvestment Plan, you can have your distributions reinvested in your account or the same share class in another fund.
This is the final distribution for this year.

[ C or U ] ECONOMICS the way that money is shared or divided up in an economy or society:

income distribution
an unequal distribution of wealth/resources

(Definition of “distribution” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)