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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)

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.

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."