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December 29, 2021

Disseminate / di-ˈse-mə-ˌnāt / verb

Definition: To disseminate means to spread information, knowledge, or opinions on a wide scale. Derived from the Latin verb dissēmināre, which means to scatter or sow for propagation, disseminate references how words travel like seeds sown by farmers. Chiefly, the word is used as a descriptor to reference the act of distributing information or things that contain it, such as documents or files, to others in a single instance.

Etymology: The exact origin of the word disseminate is unknown. However, most etymologists agree that the first recorded use of the transitive verb occurred between 1595 and 1605. But it is attested that the word did not become officially part of the English language until around the 1640s. Since then, countless physicians, scientists, broadcasters, students, and others have made it part of their vernacular.

In a Sentence

They chose to disseminate what they learned to others joining the class.

The job of some media outlets is to disseminate propaganda and misinformation.

The physicians at the hospital made it their point to disseminate research concerning colorectal cancer.

If you disseminate false information, you can expect to share the consequences that might arise from doing so.


Promulgate, Distribute, Broadcast, Disperse, Spread


Repress, Suppress, Stifle


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