diffuse

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere

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diffuse (third-person singular simple present diffuses, present participle diffusing, simple past and past participle diffused)

  1. (transitive) To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
    • Whewell
      We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations.
  2. (intransitive) To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
    Food coloring diffuses in water.
    The riot diffused quite suddenly.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin diffusus

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diffuse (comparative more diffuse, superlative most diffuse)

  1. Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
    Such a diffuse effort is unlikely to produce good results.
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French[edit]

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diffuse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of diffuser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of diffuser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of diffuser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of diffuser
  5. second-person singular imperative of diffuser

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diffuse

  1. feminine form of diffus

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diffuse

  1. inflected form of diffus

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

diffuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of diffondere

diffuse f pl

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

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diffuse

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From diffūsus (scattered, spread)

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diffūsē (comparative diffūsius, superlative diffūsissimē)

  1. diffusely, in a scattered manner.
  2. copiously, fully

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  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)