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Noun: spreading  spre-ding
  1. Process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
    - spread
     
  2. The opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
    - dissemination, airing, public exposure
     
  3. Act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
    - spread
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"

Derived forms: spreadings

See also: spread out

Type of: air, bare, change of location, circulate, continue, cover, distribute, extend, extension, go, locomote, move, pass around, pass on, publicise [Brit], publicize, transmission, travel, undo

Antonym: gather

Encyclopedia: Spread, West Virginia