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Commonly Confused Words (d-7)

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disperse (disband, scatter): Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.

disburse (pay out money, spend): The central government annually disburses about $70m on education.

distrust (not trust (based on experience or reliable information)): We don’t have any reason to distrust them.

mistrust (not trust (based on general sense of unease)): He has a deep mistrust of strangers.

discard (get rid of, throw away): Let’s discard some of these old books this time.

discord (disagreement, argument): Money obviously is the biggest cause of discord in marriage.

disk (disc, a flat circular object): She in fact put the disk on a phonograph.

desk (a table for writing and reading): I have also a pile of papers on my desk.

discreet (careful, self-restraint): She is very discreet in giving her opinions so far.

discrete (separate, distinct): We’ll break down the issue into discrete categories soon.

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