(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. strew, disperse, disseminate, dispel, dissipate. See dispersion.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To become separated]
Syn. run apart, run away, go one's own way, diverge, disperse, disband, migrate, spread, go in different directions, blow off, go in many directions, be blown to the four winds.
Ant. assemble*, convene, congregate.
2. [To cause to separate]
Syn. dispel, derange, dissipate, diffuse, strew, divide, disband, shed, distribute, intersperse, disseminate, separate, disunite, sunder, scatter to the wind, sever, set asunder.
Ant. unite*, join, mix.
3. [To seed]
Syn. disseminate, set, strew.
4. [To waste]
Syn. spend, expend, dissipate, fritter away, squander, lavish, be prodigal with one's substance, spend prodigally, sow, broadcast, pour out like water, exhaust, throw around*, scatter to the birds*; see also spend 1 , waste 2 .
Syn.- scatter implies a strewing around loosely [ to scatter seeds ] or a forcible driving apart in different directions [ the breeze scattered the papers ] ; disperse implies a scattering which completely breaks up an assemblage and spreads the individuals far and wide [ a people dispersed throughout the world ] ; dissipate implies complete dissolution, as by crumbling, wasting, etc. [ to dissipate a fortune ] ; dispel suggests a scattering that drives away something that obscures, confuses, troubles, etc. [ to dispel fears ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. strew sprinkle, litter, spread, broadcast, distribute.
2. separate rout, disperse, diffuse, dispel.
ANT.: gather, assemble, amass
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To cause to separate and go in various directions: dispel, disperse, dissipate. See COLLECT. 2. To disappear by or as if by rising: disperse, dissipate, lift. See COLLECT, RISE. 3. To extend over a wide area: circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, radiate, spread, strew. See MOVE, WIDE.

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