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disperse
as in:  the crowd dispersed


By the start of the second round, everyone at our table is dispersing among the crowd.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  to spread or cause to spread
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Do not confuse this word (disperse) with the similar sounding word, disburse (to pay out).
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  • By the start of the second round, everyone at our table is dispersing among the crowd.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • We engaged in the preliminaries: small talk about Betsy’s family, college, career (all stellar, A-list, awesome), and drinks dispersed for everyone (soda pops and Clamato, which Go and I had come to believe was an affectation of Tanner’s, a quirk he thought would give him character, like my wearing fake glasses in college).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • —or how to fake expertise in the kitchen or how to disperse attention evenly among four suitors.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Her voice echoed from tower to tower, dispersing itself through the city.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • So as the crowd began to disperse, a small group of us followed the farmers out to the scene of the crime.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • In the distance, a heron broke from the trees and gracefully skimmed the surface, dispersing the light.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • They ran scared, and as they fled through the dispersed caribou herds the deer finally reacted, and the stampede of frightened animals which I had been expecting to witness all that afternoon became something of a reality.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The legion of winged men floating behind him dispersed with the panicked crowd, quickly disappearing into the smoky sky.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • As a wave of musty air blew up to meet them, the android turned on her floodlight, dispersing the shadows from the sparse halogens.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • And, uh, see if you can disperse the crowd outside, okay?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Evergreen branches flared at random, dispersing their piney aroma.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • It had not lessened or dispersed with the coming of night.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • I stood there until the crowd had dispersed, and then, for some reason I didn’t understand, I felt the impulse to bend down and kiss her casket.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • From here, the Lord willing, you will disperse to families who need you and want you.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The Singing was over, the people were dispersing throughout the city, and the guards, no doubt, would soon resume their search for him.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • I watched the spectators disperse.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • He walked on the balls of his feet, dispersing his weight evenly so he could strike out in any direction with a balanced effectiveness.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The tour ends and the children disperse and Marie-Laure is reinstalled in the Grand Gallery with her father.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Hana scans the beach anxiously, but everyone has dispersed: The old man has plodded on, halfway down the beach by now and out of earshot.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • This is not real, this is not real, this is NOT REALClancy must have let go, or I must have found a way to twist away, because just as quickly as the fire came, it went back out, dispersing in three shaky exhales.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I preferred not to dwell upon the matter, which was just as well, for the polychrome cloud went on its way eastward, allowing light to flood around us once again; Sophie smiled, as if the sun’s rays had dispersed her moment of gloom, and hurling a final crust at Tadeusz, said that we should be getting back to Yetta’s.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The sky began to lighten in the east as the group dispersed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "Everyone please disperse," shouted a broad-shouldered man in a crisp blue coat and a sleek, freshly powdered wig.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • The knot of advisers dispersed and the crowd hushed, falling back to wait.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Later, the group would disperse to their cabins and Alan would sit on the top deck, almost invariably alone.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Disperse.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I cover my mouth with my glove to disperse the white of my breath in the icy air.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Ralph looked back at the dispersing smoke in the horizon, then up at the mountain.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • After waiting by turns for three hours the queue disperses.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • They never collect the bloodbath bodies until the killers have dispersed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • A tickle grew in Tally’s throat as the pepper dust dispersed on the wind.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • At the end of the marching, the Hitler Youth divisions were allowed to disperse.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • We catch up to the Amity in front of us as we cross the courtyard to the dining hall and disperse among them.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Cards and supper were over, but the visitors had not yet dispersed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They disperse pretty quick, thinking my rage level is high and they don’t want to be caught in the crossfire.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Their fear of the guards, of the massacre they had so long awaited, was gone, dispersed by the roar and muscle of the bomber.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The crowd dispersed quickly.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • It was banana split in the wrong sense of the term: the sea dispersed them.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Napoleon read out the orders for the week in a gruff soldierly style, and after a single singing of Beasts of England, all the animals dispersed.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • There were days when they assembled and then promptly dispersed again, frankly admitting to one another that there was not really anything to be done.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The stupid, the unintelligent, those who are dispersed, incapable of attention, of effort, have no right to a higher education.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Some were missing and he knew that she had started on her own slow process of dispersing the dynamite in her house, stick by stick.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • And they dispersed.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • He looked down as if expecting his comrades to re-form, but their gold dust remains dispersed in the wind.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Miss Caroline smiled, blew her nose, said, "Thank you, darlings," dispersed us, opened a book and mystified the first grade with a long narrative about a toadfrog that lived in a hall.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • They dispersed in all directions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It was not until even the dusty cloud was no longer to be seen, that the gazers dispersed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Opus Dei is a personal prelature of Vatican City, and His Holiness can disperse monies however he sees fit.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Imagine having to concentrate just to keep yourself from dispersing to nothing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The little knot of people towards Chobham dispersed.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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