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 for disperse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disperse \Dis*perse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispersed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Dispersing.] [L. dispersus, p. p. of dispergere to
     strew, scatter. See Sparse.]
     1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to
        distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are
        dispersed among all nations.
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              The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. --Prov. xv.
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              Two lions, in the still, dark night,
              A herd of beeves disperse.            --Cowper.
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     2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to
        disperse vapors.
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              Dispersed are the glories.            --Shak.
     Syn: To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse;
          distribute; deal out; disseminate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disperse \Dis*perse"\, v. i.
     1. To separate; to go or move into different parts; to
        vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the
        clouds disperse.
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     2. To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with
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              He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor. --Ps.
                                                    cxii. 9.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the
           wagon" [syn: scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust,
      2: to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She
         waved her hand and scattered the crowds" [syn: disperse,
         dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter]
      3: cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse
         particles" [syn: break up, disperse, scatter]
      4: move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The
         children scattered in all directions when the teacher
         approached"; [syn: disperse, dissipate, scatter,
         spread out]
      5: separate (light) into spectral rays; "the prosm disperses
      6: cause to become widely known; "spread information";
         "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate,
         circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate,
         propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse,
         pass around]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  189 Moby Thesaurus words for "disperse":
     administer, atomize, be consumed, be gone, bend, bestrew, bias,
     branch, branch out, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up,
     broadcast, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, circulate,
     circumfuse, crash, crook, crunch, crush, curve, cut to pieces,
     deactivate, deal, deal out, debrief, deflect, dematerialize, demob,
     demobilize, demolish, depart, deploy, detach, deviate, die,
     die away, die out, diffract, diffuse, disappear, disband, disburse,
     discharge, disintegrate, disjoin, dismiss, disorganize, dispel,
     dispense, dispose, dispread, disrupt, disseminate, dissipate,
     dissolve, distort, distribute, diverge, divert, divide, divvy,
     do a fade-out, dogleg, dole, dole out, dwindle, ease, ease off,
     emanate, erode, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expand, extend, fade,
     fade away, fade out, fan, fan out, fission, flare, flee, fly,
     fragment, free, give out, go, go away, go separate ways, grind,
     hairpin, hide, issue, leave no trace, leave the scene, let go,
     let up, loose, loosen, make mincemeat of, measure out, melt,
     melt away, mete, mete out, mince, muster out, open, open up,
     outspread, outstretch, overgrow, overrun, overscatter, oversow,
     overspread, parcel out, part, part company, partition, pass,
     pass around, pass away, pass out, pay out, perish, portion out,
     propagate, publish, pull, pulverize, radiate, ramify, ray, refract,
     relax, release, retail, retire from sight, rout, scatter,
     send away, send off, separate, shatter, shiver, sink, sink away,
     skew, slack, slack off, slacken, smash, smash up, sow,
     sow broadcast, splay, splinter, split up, spoon out, spraddle,
     sprangle, sprawl, spread, spread like wildfire, spread out, squash,
     squish, strew, suffer an eclipse, turn, twist, unfold, unglue,
     unleash, unstick, utter, vanish, vanish from sight, warp, waste,
     waste away, wear away, widen, zigzag

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