circulate vs distribute what difference

what is difference between circulate and distribute

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin circulatus, past participle of Late Latin circulare (make circular, encircle), a later collateral form of circulari (form a circle (of men) around oneself), from circulus (a circle).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: sər’kü-lāt, IPA(key): /ˈsɚˌkju.leɪt/

Verb

circulate (third-person singular simple present circulates, present participle circulating, simple past and past participle circulated)

  1. (intransitive) to move in circles or through a circuit
  2. (transitive) to cause (a person or thing) to move in circles or through a circuit
  3. to move from person to person, as at a party
  4. to spread or disseminate
    to circulate money or gossip
  5. to become widely known
  6. (mathematics) Of decimals: to repeat.

Synonyms

  • put about
  • spread
  • disseminate

Translations

Further reading

  • circulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • circulate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Italian

Verb

circulate

  1. inflection of circulare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of circulato

Latin

Verb

circulāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of circulō


English

Etymology

From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere (to divide, distribute), from dis- (apart) + tribuere (to give, impart); see tribute.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɨˈstɹɪbjuːt/, /ˈdɪstɹɨbjuːt/
  • (General American) enPR: dĭ-strĭbʹyo͞ot, IPA(key): /dɪˈstɹɪbjut/
  • Rhymes: -ɪbjuːt, -ɪstɹɪbjuːt
  • Hyphenation: dis‧trib‧ute

Verb

distribute (third-person singular simple present distributes, present participle distributing, simple past and past participle distributed)

  1. (transitive) To divide into portions and dispense.
  2. (transitive) To supply to retail outlets.
  3. (transitive) To deliver or pass out.
  4. (transitive) To scatter or spread.
  5. (transitive) To apportion (more or less evenly).
  6. (transitive) To classify or separate into categories.
  7. (intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
  8. (printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
  9. (printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
  10. (logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
    • 1826, Richard Whately, Elements of Logic
      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.

Synonyms

  • (to divide into portions and dispense): allot, dispend, parcel out; see also Thesaurus:distribute
  • (to deliver or pass out): courier
  • (to scatter or spread): disperse, sparble, strew; see also Thesaurus:disperse
  • (to classify or separate into categories): categorize, sort; see also Thesaurus:classify

Translations

Derived terms

Further reading

  • distribute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • distribute in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • turbidites

Latin

Etymology

From distribūtus, participle of distribuō (distribute, apportion)

Adverb

distribūtē (comparative distribūtius, superlative distribūtissimē)

  1. orderly, methodically

Related terms

  • distribuō
  • distribūtiō
  • distribūtus

References

  • distribute 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)

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