disperse disperse  /dɪs ˈpɜrs/


  1. (v) distribute loosely
  2. (v) to cause to separate and go in different directions
  3. (v) cause to separate
  4. (v) move away from each other
  5. (v) separate (light) into spectral rays
  6. (v) cause to become widely known


  1. The water quality of the Yangtze's tributaries is deteriorating rapidly, as the dammed river is less able to disperse pollutants effectively.
  2. The nervous police made few arrests of the demonstrators; at Langa, near Cape Town, they opened fire to disperse the Africans, killing three and wounding 25.
  3. The current opposition, however, says street demonstrations themselves are peaceful with police using force to disperse the crowd.


  1. Turkish government open to talks

    A protester demonstrates at Taksim Square as riot police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. / Lam Yik Fei, Getty Images ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A spokesman for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party says the Turkish government is open to holding a referendum over an Istanbul development plan that has underpinned nearly two weeks of mass protests.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

  2. Turkish Police Push Into Square Near Park Protest

    The operation to disperse demonstrators from Taksim Square on Tuesday began after the prime minister agreed to meet with protesters who oppose the demolition of an adjacent park.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Turkish Police Move to Retake Square Sparks New Clashes

    Hundreds of police raided Taksim Square in Istanbul today, using water cannons and pepper spray to disperse anti-government protesters who had occupied the area after blocking it off with barricades, according to footage shown on Haberturk TV.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "Our forces are unequal, we are surrounded by troops and our president suggests we disperse," Ter-Petrosian said in the recording.
    on Mar 2, 2006 By: Levon Ter-Petrosian Source: 940 News

  2. "I think Maliki has made some tough choices, particularly going into Basra and Sadr City to disperse the Shia militias. I'm glad to see that he is eager to take more responsibility for his country's own security," Obama said.
    on Jul 26, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters

  3. "I give the game a 10; I give the celebration about a 5," said Beck. "We made multiple arrests, we used overwhelming force, we had a maximum number of police officers deployed here to clear out the crowds around Staples Center and disperse...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Beck Source: ABC30.com

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