scatter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"scatter" in British English

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scatterverb

uk   /ˈskæt.ər/  us   /ˈskæt̬.ɚ/

scatter verb (MOVE)

[I or T] to (​cause to) ​movefarapart in different ​directions: The ​protesters scattered at the ​sound of ​gunshots. The ​soldiers came in and scattered the ​crowd.
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scatter verb (COVER)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​cover a ​surface with things that are ​farapart and in no ​particulararrangement: Scatter the ​powder around the ​plants. I scattered ​grassseed all over the ​lawn. I scattered the ​wholelawn withgrassseed.
(Definition of scatter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scatterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈskæt̬·ər/
to move ​apart in many ​directions, or to ​throw something in different ​directions: [I] We ​grew up in a ​smalltown, but now we’re scattered all over the ​country.
scattered
adjective  us   /ˈskæt̬·ərd/
There will be scattered ​showersthroughout the ​afternoon.
(Definition of scatter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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