What does the word diffuse mean?

Usage examples for diffuse

  1. Aristotle, though he may be more natural, has not any delicacy: his style is simple and equal, but close and nervous; that of Plato is grand and elevated, but loose and diffuse. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. Flaxman then saw that he was labouring in a great work- no less than the promotion of popular education; and he was proud, in after life, to allude to his early labours in this walk, by which he was enabled at the same time to cultivate his love of the beautiful, to diffuse a taste for art among the people, and to replenish his own purse, while he promoted the prosperity of his friend and benefactor. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. Those that had been ill he assisted with such little necessaries as tended to alleviate their pains, and diffuse a gleam of cheerfulness over their sufferings. – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day

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