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Definition of "spread" []

  • To open to a fuller extent or width; stretch: spread out the tablecloth; a bird spreading its wings. (verb-transitive)
  • To make wider the gap between; move farther apart: spread her fingers. (verb-transitive)
  • To distribute over a surface in a layer: spread varnish on the steps. (verb-transitive)
  • To cover with a layer: spread a cracker with butter. (verb-transitive)
  • To distribute widely: The tornado spread destruction. (verb-transitive)
  • To extend or unfold or be extended or unfolded to the fullest width (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To extend or cause to extend over a larger expanse of space or time (verb)
  • To apply or be applied in a coating (verb)
  • To distribute or be distributed over an area or region (verb)
  • To display or be displayed in its fullest extent (verb)
  • To prepare (a table) for a meal (verb)
  • To lay out (a meal) on a table (verb)
  • To send or be sent out in all directions; disseminate or be disseminated (verb)
  • (of rails, wires, etc) to force or be forced apart (verb)
  • To increase the breadth of (a part), esp to flatten the head of a rivet by pressing, hammering, or forging (verb)
  • To lay out (hay) in a relatively thin layer to dry (verb)
  • To scatter (seed, manure, etc) over a relatively wide area (verb)
  • To make (oneself) agreeable to a large number of people, often of the opposite sex (verb)
  • To narrow and lengthen the aperture of (the lips) as for the articulation of a front vowel, such as (iː) in English see (siːYour browser does not support HTML5 audio.) (verb)
  • The act or process of spreading; diffusion, dispersal, expansion, etc (noun)
  • The wingspan of an aircraft (noun)
  • An extent of space or time; stretch (noun)
  • A ranch or relatively large tract of land (noun)
  • The limit of something fully extended (noun)
  • A covering for a table or bed (noun)
  • A large meal or feast, esp when it is laid out on a table (noun)
  • A food which can be spread on bread, etc (noun)
  • Two facing pages in a book or other publication (noun)
  • A widening of the hips and waist (noun)
  • The difference between the bid and offer prices quoted by a market maker (noun)
  • The excess of the price at which stock is offered for public sale over the price paid for the same stock by an underwriter (noun)
  • A double option (noun)
  • The apparent size of a gemstone when viewed from above expressed in carats (noun)
  • Extended or stretched out, esp to the fullest extent (adjective)
  • (of a gem) shallow and flat (adjective)
  • (of the lips) forming a long narrow aperture (adjective)
  • (of speech sounds) articulated with spread lips (adjective)

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Use "spread" in a sentence
  • "As the Grateful Dead toured the globe through the '70s and '80s, playing hundreds of shows a year - the term spread though the Dead underground."
  • ""The word spread pretty quickly around here: They had service and nice planes," said Gary Adams , senior vice president of Anchor/Russell Capital Advisors LLC, a Boston money-management firm."
  • "The word spread quickly around town about Till's alleged actions."