dis·trib·ute /di-'stri-byüt/ vt -ut·ed, -ut·ing
1: to divide among several or many: apportion
2: to give out or deliver esp. to members of a group see also dividend

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb admeasure, administer, allocate, allot, appropriate, arrange, array, assign, assign places to, assort, class, classify, deal, decentralize, dispense, dispertire, disseminate, distribuere, divide, dividere, dole, file, give out, mete, parcel out, portion out, prorate, ration, scatter, set in order, share, sort, sow, space, spread, sprinkle, systematize associated concepts: distributed among creditors, distributed because of liquidation, distribution of an estate II index administer (tender), allocate, allot, apportion, assign (allot), bequeath, bestow, cast (throw), circulate, classify, deploy, detail (assign), diffuse, dispense, disperse (disseminate), dispose (apportion), disseminate, dole, expend (disburse), file (arrange), fix (arrange), give (grant), intersperse, issue (publish), marshal, mete, parcel, partition, post, prorate, publish, sort, split, spread, subdivide, supply

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To deal out portions or shares of something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To give assets, usually from an estate or trust, to the people who are entitled to receive them under the terms of a will, trust document, state law, or beneficiary designation.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   1) the dividing up of those assets of an estate or trust when someone has died according to the terms of the deceased's will or trust, or in absence of a will, according to the laws of descent and distribution.
   2) division of profits or assets of a corporation or business.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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