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Verb: spread (spread)  spred
  1. Disperse widely
    "The invaders spread their language all over the country";
    - distribute
     
  2. Become distributed or widespread
    "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population";
    - propagate
     
  3. Move outwards to form a covering over
    "A big oil spot spread across the water";
    - overspread
     
  4. Spread out or open from a closed or folded state
    "spread your arms"; "spread out your arms";
    - unfold, spread out, open
     
  5. Cause to become widely known
    "spread information";
    - circulate, circularize, circularise [Brit], distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, diffuse, disperse, pass around
     
  6. Become widely known and passed on
    "the rumour spread";
    - go around, circulate
     
  7. Strew or distribute over an area
    "He spread fertilizer over the lawn";
    - scatter, spread out
     
  8. Move outward
    "The soldiers spread";
    - diffuse, spread out, fan out
     
  9. Cover by spreading something over
    "spread the bread with cheese"
     
  10. Distribute over a surface in a layer
    "spread cheese on a piece of bread"
Noun: spread  spred
  1. Process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
    - spreading
     
  2. A conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
    "the spread between lending and borrowing costs";
    - gap
     
  3. Farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
    - ranch, cattle ranch, cattle farm
     
  4. A haphazard distribution in all directions
    - scatter
     
  5. A tasty mixture to be spread on bread, crackers or used in preparing other dishes
    - paste
     
  6. A meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
    "they put out quite a spread";
    - banquet, feast
     
  7. Two facing pages of a book or other publication
    - spread head, spreadhead, facing pages
     
  8. The expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)
    "she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"
     
  9. Decorative cover for a bed
    - bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane
     
  10. Act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
    - spreading
Adjective: spread  spred
  1. Distributed over a wide area
    "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe";
    - dispersed
     
  2. Prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out
    "a table spread with food"
     
  3. Fully extended in width
    "with arms spread wide";
    - outspread

Derived forms: spread, spreading, spreads

See also: distributed, extended, prepared, spread out

Type of: air, bare, bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding, change of location, circulate, condiment, continue, cover, disparity, dispersion, distribute, distribution, extend, extension, farm, girth, go, locomote, meal, move, page, pass around, pass on, publicise [Brit], publicize, repast, travel, undo

Antonym: gather

Part of: publication

Encyclopedia: Spread, West Virginia