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     ( diffuses    3rd person present)   ( diffusing    present participle)   ( diffused    past tense & past participle  )
The verb is pronounced dɪfju:z. The adjective is pronounced dɪfju:s.     
1       verb   If something such as knowledge or information is diffused, or if it diffuses somewhere, it is made known over a wide area or to a lot of people.  

Over time, the technology is diffused and adopted by other countries.      be V-ed  
...an attempt to diffuse new ideas...      V n  
As agriculture developed, agricultural ideas diffused across Europe.      V prep  
  diffusion      n-uncount   with supp  
...the development and diffusion of ideas.     
2       verb   To diffuse a feeling, especially an undesirable one, means to cause it to weaken and lose its power to affect people.   (=dissipate)  
The arrival of letters from the Pope did nothing to diffuse the tension.      V n  
3       verb   If something diffuses light, it causes the light to spread weakly in different directions.,   (Antonym: concentrate)    Diffusing a light also reduces its power...      V n  
4       verb   To diffuse or be diffused through something means to move and spread through it.   (=permeate)  
It allows nicotine to diffuse slowly and steadily into the bloodstream...      V prep  
The moisture present in all foods absorbs the flavour of the smoke and eventually diffuses that flavour into its interior.      V n prep, Also V, V n  
  diffusion      n-uncount   with supp  
There are data on the rates of diffusion of molecules.     
5       adj   Something that is diffuse is not directed towards one place or concentrated in one place but spread out over a large area.  
WRITTEN   ...a diffuse community...     
6       adj   If you describe something as diffuse, you mean that it is vague and difficult to understand or explain.  
His writing is so diffuse and obscure that it is difficult to make out what it is he is trying to say.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    circumlocutory, copious, diffusive, digressive, discursive, long-winded, loose, maundering, meandering, prolix, rambling, vague, verbose, waffling     (informal)   wordy  
2    dispersed, scattered, spread out, unconcentrated  
3    circulate, dispel, dispense, disperse, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, propagate, scatter, spread  
,       adj  
1    apposite, brief, compendious, concise, succinct, terse, to the point  
2    concentrated  

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