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Synonyms of 'distribute'

(verb) 
Definition
to hand out or deliver (leaflets, mail, etc.)
Students shouted slogans and distributed leaflets.
Synonyms
hand out
, ,
give out
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dish out (informal)
, ,
deal out
, ,
pass round
(verb) 
Definition
to hand out or deliver (leaflets, mail, etc.)
to distribute a national newspaper
Synonyms
circulate
Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
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deliver
The pizza will be delivered in 20 minutes.
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transmit
mosquitoes that transmit disease to humans
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convey
Conveying a property from one owner to another calls for meticulous attention to detail.
(verb) 
Definition
to share (something) among the members of a particular group
He began to distribute jobs among his friends.
Synonyms
share
the small income he has shared with his brother
, , ,
divide
Divide the soup among four bowls.
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assign
Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers.
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administer
The doctor came to watch the nurses administer the medications.
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allocate
Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
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dispose
He was preparing to dispose his effects about the room.
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dispense
They had already dispensed £40,000 in grants.
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allot
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
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mete out
An examiner arrived to mete out justice.
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dole out
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apportion
They are even-handed in apportioning the blame.
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measure out
(verb) 
Break the exhibition up and distribute it around existing museums.
Synonyms
spread
Someone has been spreading rumours about us.
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scatter
He began by scattering seed and putting in plants.
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disperse
The rest of our equipment was now dispersed over the lake.
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diffuse
Our aim is to diffuse new ideas obtained from elsewhere.
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disseminate
The press plays a critical part in disseminating news and information.
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strew
By the end, bodies were strewn all around the headquarters building.
(verb) 
Synonyms
classify
Rocks can be classified according to their mode of origin.
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group
The fact sheets are grouped into seven sections.
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class
I would class my garden as being medium in size.
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file
Papers are filed alphabetically.
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arrange
He started to arrange the books in piles.
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categorize
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of administer
The doctor came to watch the nurses administer the medications.
Synonyms
in the sense of allocate
Definition
to assign to someone or for a particular purpose
Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
Synonyms
set aside,
give out,
mete,
share out,
in the sense of allot
Definition
to assign as a share or for a particular purpose
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
Synonyms
set aside,
mete,
share out,

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