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distribute (something) over (something)

To apply something to something else somewhat evenly over an entire area. You need to distribute stain remover over the entire discolored area to have any hope of cleaning it.
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distribute (something) to (someone)

To pass something out, usually to each person in a group. I'll have the volunteers distribute pamphlets to the audience before I begin my lecture.
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distribute something over something

to spread something over something or over an area. Distribute the icing over the entire cake. Walter distributed the sand over the icy spots.
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distribute something to someone

to give out something to someone. Can you distribute this clothing to the needy people who live around here? I will distribute the ice cream to the party guests.
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Lynn said expanding Project Fair Play to also report churches that distribute biased voter guides -- whether they promote Republicans, Democrats or candidates from other parties -- seemed a logical step.
96-30),(69) but the distribution does not prevent such a takeover, the distributing corporation arguably can distribute the controlled corporation with no plan that another party would acquire 50 percent or more of the stock of the distributing or controlled corporation.
The PTI bypass election: In some situations, a corporation with both PTI and AE&P may want to distribute AE&P first.
In this situation, Jacorp can distribute $5,000 in cash and tract #3 (with a net equity of $55,000) in redemption of John's stock without recognizing gain.
Can an S corporation distribute appreciated property in lieu of cash with the same tax effects as a cash distribution?
In addition, the trust authorized the trustee to distribute all or a portion of the corpus to one of the two named beneficiaries.
Dick wants to increase his spendable income, and he is considering either increasing his salary by $30,000 or having Esscorp distribute an additional $30,000 to him annually.
This implementation distributes the management task across multiple storage servers, eliminating any single point of failure and allowing the management function to scale as the cluster scales.
If the corporation distributes the land to shareholder Adams, X has $50 of taxable income, its earnings and profits are increased by $50 and Adams has received a $200 distribution which--if there are no other current or accumulated earnings and profits--represents a $50 dividend and a $150 return of basis and capital gain.
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