from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To scatter widely, as in sowing seed.
- transitive v. To spread abroad; promulgate: disseminate information.
- intransitive v. To become diffused; spread.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sow and scatter principles, ideas, opinions, and errors for growth and propagation, such as seed
- v. To become scattered.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. to spread around widely; to sow broadcast or as seed; to scatter for growth and propagation, like seed; to spread abroad; to diffuse.
- v. To spread or extend by dispersion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scatter or sow, as seed, for propagation.
- Hence To spread by diffusion or dispersion: generally with reference to some intended or actual result.
- To scatter by promulgation, as opinions or doctrines; propagate by speech or writing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to become widely known
Latin dissēmināre, dissēmināt- : dis-, dis- + sēmināre, to sow (from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see sē- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An adaptation of Latin dissēmināt-, the perfect passive participial stem of dissēminō ("I broadcast”, “I disseminate"), from dis- ("in all directions") + sēminō ("I plant”, “I sow"), from sēmen ("seed"). (Wiktionary)