English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

dissemination (dɪˌsemɪˈneɪʃən) 



  1. the act of disseminating   ⇒ He promoted the dissemination of scientific ideas.   ⇒ the dissemination of knowledge on human rights


View thesaurus entry
= spread, publishing, broadcasting, publication, distribution, circulation, diffusion, propagation, promulgation

disseminate (dɪˈsɛmɪˌneɪt Pronunciation for disseminate



  1. (transitive) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse

Derived Forms

disˌsemiˈnation noun
disˈseminative adjective
disˈsemiˌnator noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dissēmināre, from dis-1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed

Example Sentences Including 'dissemination'

And if so, would the "innocent dissemination " defence under Section 1 of the Defamation Act 1998 apply?
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Any organization has an unofficial network for the dissemination of news.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
Even US forces would only be able to firmly characterise dissemination by observing the lethal effects," he said.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
In particular, it seems that there has been a deliberate policy to suppress dissemination of the striking visual images of the stage.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Richthofen's concern was less with political symbols and more with the dissemination of terror and chaos in the Republican rearguard.
Preston, Paul Franco
Social value presupposes the public dissemination of research results.
British Medical Journal (2002)
While the chance of contracting SARS from Toronto was remote, the chance of global dissemination was significant.
Globe and Mail (2003)


Log in to comment on this word.