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Disseminate


DISSEMINATE, verb transitive [Latin , to sow; seed.]

1. Literally, to sow; to scatter seed; but seldom or never used in its literal sense. But hence,

2. To scatter for growth and propagation, like seed; to spread. Thus, principles, opinions and errors are disseminated, when they are spread and propagated. To disseminate truth or the gospel is highly laudable.

3. To spread; to diffuse.

A uniform heat disseminate through the body of the earth.

4. To spread; to disperse.

The Jews are disseminated through all the trading parts of the world.

[The second is the most proper application of the word, as it should always include the idea of growth or taking root. The fourth sense is hardly vindicable.]