May 02, 2016
diffuse ()
\dih-FYOOSS\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : using too many words : verbose2 : poured or spread out : not concentrated
How do you use it?
My friend enjoyed the novel we read in school, but I found the story unbelievable and the writer's style diffuse.
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Oops! We forgot to tell you what part of speech the word "diffuse" is. Look again at the definitions and example sentence, and see if you can pick the correct part of speech from the choices below.

We'll keep it brief: B is the right answer. "Diffuse" is an adjective, as seen in the example sentence where it describes the noun "style." But that's not the end of this story. "Diffuse" can also be a verb; in that case, the second syllable sounds like \FYOOZ\, not \FYOOSS\. One meaning of the verb "diffuse" is "to pour out and permit or cause to spread freely," as in "The bottle broke and perfume was diffused into the room." Both the verb and the adjective bear some resemblance to their Latin ancestor, "diffundere," meaning "to spread out."
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