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distribute

verb
 
 
/dɪˈstrɪbjuːt/
[T] to give something to a large number of people, for example a share of a company's profits to shareholders: distribute sth to sb Operating expenses are first paid from the fund's assets before any earnings are distributed to shareholders.distribute sth among sb $80 million dollars were due to be distributed among the firm's creditors.
[I or T] COMMERCE, TRANSPORT to make a company's goods available to the public, for example, by transporting, storing, and selling them: As small American companies generate more sales overseas, the infrastructure for selling and distributing U.S. products will continue to improve.distribute to sb The Scottish company aims to be distributing to retailers within the US and Canada by next year. →  See also distribution , distributor
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