1. To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
    the police scattered the crowds
    the crowd scattered
  2. To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
    Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
  3. To deflect (radiation or particles).
  4. To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
  5. To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
    to scatter hopes or plans

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