to arrange in a systematic order
"stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
be mathematically distributive
be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
spread throughout a given area
"the function distributes the values evenly"
cause to become widely known
"circulate a rumor"
"broadcast the news"
- pass around
cause be distributed
"This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
- pass around - pass on
give to several people
"The teacher handed out the exams"
- give out - hand out - pass out
"The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"
distribute or disperse widely
"The invaders spread their language all over the country"
administer or bestow, as in small portions
"administer critical remarks to everyone present"
"dole out some money"
"shell out pocket money for the children"
"deal a blow to someone"
"the machine dispenses soft drinks"
- mete out - parcel out - shell out - deal out - dish out - dole out