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Synonyms of 'diffuse'

(verb) 
Definition
to spread over a wide area
Our aim is to diffuse new ideas obtained from elsewhere.
Synonyms
spread
Someone has been spreading rumours about us.
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distribute
Break the exhibition up and distribute it around existing museums.
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scatter
He began by scattering seed and putting in plants.
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circulate
Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
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disperse
The rest of our equipment was now dispersed over the lake.
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dispel
He will hope to dispel their fears.
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dissipate
The tension in the room had dissipated.
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propagate
They propagated subversive political doctrines.
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disseminate
The press plays a critical part in disseminating news and information.
(adjective) 
Definition
spread out over a wide area
a diffuse community
Synonyms
spread-out
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scattered
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dispersed
his widely dispersed business
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unconcentrated
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
lacking conciseness
His writing is so diffuse that it is almost impossible to understand.
Synonyms
rambling
He wrote a rambling letter to his wife.
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loose
We came to some sort of loose arrangement before he went home.
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waffling (informal)
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long-winded
The manifesto is long-winded and repetitious.
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wordy
His speech is full of wordy rhetoric.
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discursive
The book is characterized by a reflective, discursive style.
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verbose
When drunk, he becomes pompous and verbose.
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maundering
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diffusive
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circumlocutory
Opposites
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to the point
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Usage note

This word is quite commonly misused instead of defuse, when talking about calming down a situation. However, the words are very different in meaning and should never be used as alternatives to each other.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of circulate
Definition
to send, go, or pass from place to place or person to person
Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
in the sense of discursive
Definition
passing from one topic to another
The book is characterized by a reflective, discursive style.
in the sense of dispel
Definition
to disperse or drive away
He will hope to dispel their fears.
Synonyms

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