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Distribution is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.


  • IPA (key): /ˌdɪstrəˈbjuːʃən/
  • SAMPA: /%dIstr\@"bju:S@n/
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A graph showing a normal distribution
  1. (countable & uncountable) Distribution is sending or giving out things to several people, companies, places, etc.
    The distribution of the mail was slowed by the snow storm.
    The increase in profits was followed by a cash distribution to the investors.
  2. (countable) Distribution is the way that things are spread (often used in statistics).
    The distribution of the new iPad was very fast because Apple had invested a lot on advertisement.
    The distribution of power in the company is very narrow, with just a few managers controlling almost everything.
    The test scores averaged 50% and had a normal distribution.

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