Synonyms of disperse
, see disburse
1 scatterDictionary • Intense currents disperse the sewage.
scatter • He began by scattering seed and putting in plants.
spread • Someone has been spreading rumours about us.
distribute • Break the exhibition up and distribute it around existing museums.
circulate • Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
strew • By the end, bodies were strewn all around the headquarters building.
diffuse • Our aim is to diffuse new ideas obtained from elsewhere.
disseminate • It took years to disseminate information about Aids.
2 break upDictionary • The crowd dispersed peacefully.
separate • Let's separate into smaller groups.
dismiss • Two more witnesses were called, heard and dismissed.
scatter • After dinner, everyone scattered.
dissolve • The King agreed to dissolve the present commission.
dispel • He will hope to dispel their fears.
disband • All the armed groups will be disbanded.
demobilize • It is unlikely that the rebel bands will demobilize.
go (their) separate ways
3 dissolveDictionary • The fog dispersed and I became aware of the sun.
dissolve • His new-found optimism dissolved.
disappear • The immediate threat has disappeared.
vanish • The aircraft vanished without trace.
evaporate • Moisture is drawn to the surface of the fabric so that it evaporates.
break up • The crowd broke up reluctantly.
dissipate • The tension in the room had dissipated.
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circulateIf a piece of writing circulates or is circulated, copies of it are passed round among a group of people.
• Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
• It is unlikely that the rebel bands will demobilize.
Thesaurus for disperse from the Collins English Thesaurus
to scatter; distribute over a wide area