Meaning of “scattered” in the English Dictionary

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"scattered" in British English

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uk /ˈskæt.əd/ us /ˈskæt̬.ɚd/

C2 covering a wide area:

Toys and books were scattered about/around the room.
My family is scattered all over the world.
The forecast is for scattered showers (= separate areas of rain) tomorrow.

More examples

  • She gathered up the newspapers that were scattered around the floor.
  • Papers were scattered all over her desk.
  • Several pillows were scattered about.
  • It has 50 or more offices scattered across the country.
  • The smoke cleared to reveal debris scattered across the street.

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