a :  to cause to break up <police dispersed the crowd>

b :  to cause to become spread widely

c :  to cause to evaporate or vanish <sunlight dispersing the mist>


This word was encounter on Monday November 24,2014. The word is located in the toward the ending of the newspaper http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-darren-wilson-shooting-michael-brown-grand-jury.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0. The sentence begins as  “1 As news of the decision spread, protesters surged forward, throwing objects at officers in riot gear. The sound of gunfire could be heard. 2 Police officers used tear gas and smoke to disperse people who were hurling rocks and breaking the windows of parked police cruisers. A vehicle was set on fire.3 At least a dozen buildings were set on fire around the city, many in the vicinity of Ferguson Market and Liquor, the store Michael Brown was in before he was killed by Officer Wilson.”

Meanwhile, reading the article, I had an idea what the word meant however, in order to make sure what the word was I was able to look it up. The word disperse was used to define the crowd as they were spreading widely.

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