American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


DISTRIBUTE, verb transitive [Latin , to give or divide.]

1. To divide among two or more; to deal; to give or bestow in parts or portions. Moses distributed lands to the tribes of Israel. Christ distributed the loaves to his disciples.

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds or species.

4. To give in charity.

Distributing to the necessities of the saints. Romans 12:1.

5. In printing, to separate types, and place them in their proper cells in the cases.