Dis·trib·ute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Distributing.]
1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.
She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred. --Judith xvi. 24.
2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
4. Printing (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
5. Logic To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to. --Whately.
Syn: -- To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.
adj 1: spread out or scattered about or divided up [ant: concentrated]
2: (of investments) distributed among a variety of securities