Meaning of “scatter” in the English Dictionary

"scatter" in British English

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uk /ˈskæt.ər/ us /ˈskæt̬.ɚ/

scatter verb (MOVE)

[ I or T ] to (cause to) move far apart in different directions:

The protesters scattered at the sound of gunshots.
The soldiers came in and scattered the crowd.

More examples

  • Toss the salad and scatter the nuts on top.
  • Scatter the cake with a little caster sugar.
  • The wreckage of the car was scattered over the roadside.
  • Her ashes were scattered at sea.
  • Debris from the aircraft was scattered over a large area.

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

"scatter" in American English

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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 small town, but now we’re scattered all over the country.
adjective us /ˈskæt̬·ərd/

There will be scattered showers throughout the afternoon.

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