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"distribution" in British English

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distributionnoun [C or U]

uk   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 ofgoods between the British Isles and ​mainlandEurope? distribution ​costsC1 the way in which ​people or things are ​spread out in a ​place: a ​mapshowing distribution ofglobalpopulation 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 ​substantialupward 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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distributionnoun

uk   us   /ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən/
[U] COMMERCE, TRANSPORT the ​process of ​transportingproducts 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 distributioncapabilities. 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 ​shareclass 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)
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