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An adaptation of Latin dissēmināt-, the perfect passive participial stem of dissēminō (“I broadcast”, “I disseminate”), from dis- (“in all directions”) + sēminō (“I plant”, “I sow”), from sēmen (“seed”).
- (transitive) To sow and scatter principles, ideas, opinions, and errors for growth and propagation, such as seed
- (intransitive) To become scattered.
- The values of the human rights movement have disseminated throughout the world.
transitive: to sow and scatter principles, etc. for propagation, like seed
intransitive: to become scattered
- disseminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- disseminate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911