circularize vs diffuse what difference

what is difference between circularize and diffuse

English

Etymology

From circular +‎ -ize.

Verb

circularize (third-person singular simple present circularizes, present participle circularizing, simple past and past participle circularized)

  1. (intransitive) To publicize something by publishing and distributing circulars.
  2. (transitive) To distribute a circular or circulars to.
    • 1926, Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Folio Society 2008, p. 56:
      Mr and Mrs Aloysius Kirby announce the marriage of their daughter Katherine – I knew neither the girl nor the man she was marrying. They must be circularizing the town.
  3. To canvass opinion by using a questionnaire.
  4. (transitive) To make (something) circular in shape.

Derived terms

  • circularization
  • circularizer
  • decircularize
  • recircularize


English

Etymology 1

From Middle French diffuser, from Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere

Pronunciation

  • enPR: dĭfyo͞oz’
  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfjuːz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈfjuz/
  • Rhymes: -uːz
  • Homophone: defuse

Verb

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.
    • 1837, William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences
      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.
Usage notes

The words diffuse and defuse are sometimes confused.

Synonyms
  • forspread
Derived terms
  • diffuser
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English *diffuse (attested in adverb diffuseli), from Latin diffūsus.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: dĭfyo͞os’
  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfjuːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈfjus/
  • Rhymes: -uːs

Adjective

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.
  2. Wordy; verbose.

Synonyms

  • (not concentrated): spread out, thin; see also Thesaurus:diffuse
  • (verbose): palaverous, prolix; see also Thesaurus:verbose
Derived terms
  • diffusely
Translations

Related terms

  • diffusion

References

  • diffuse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Duffies

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /di.fyz/

Verb

diffuse

  1. inflection of diffuser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Adjective

diffuse

  1. feminine singular of diffus

German

Adjective

diffuse

  1. inflection of diffus:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /difˈfu.ze/
  • Rhymes: -uze

Verb

diffuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of diffondere

Participle

diffuse

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

Adjective

diffuse

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

Latin

Etymology

From diffūsus (scattered, spread)

Adverb

diffūsē (comparative diffūsius, superlative diffūsissimē)

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

Related terms

  • diffūsus

References

  • diffuse in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

diffuse

  1. definite singular of diffus
  2. plural of diffus

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

diffuse

  1. definite singular of diffus
  2. plural of diffus

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