scatters; scattered; scattering
1 a [+ object] : to cause (things or people) to separate and go in different directions
The wind scattered the pile of leaves.
1 b [no object] : to separate and go in different directions
The crowd scattered [=dispersed] when the police arrived.
The marbles scattered across the floor.
2 [+ object] : to place or leave (things) in different places
He scattered [=spread] the grass seed over the soil.
She scattered the books on the table.
He scatters his toys all around the house.