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  1. spread
    IPA[spred]
  2. verb

    • 1. open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length:

      I spread a towel on the sand and sat down she helped Chris to spread out the map
      Synonym : lay out, open out, unfurl, unroll, roll out, shake out, straighten out, fan out, stretch out, extend, outspread
    • 2. stretch out (arms, legs, hands, fingers, or wings) so that they are far apart:

      the swan spread its wings
    • 3. extend over a large or increasing area:

      she stood at the window looking at the town spread out below
    • 4. (of a group of people) move apart so as to cover a wider area:

      the Marines spread out across the docks
    • 5. distribute or disperse (something) over a certain area:

      volcanic eruptions spread dust high into the stratosphere
    • 6. gradually reach or cause to reach a larger and larger area or more and more people:

      the violence spread from the city to the suburbs she's always spreading rumors about other people
      Synonym : disseminate, circulate, pass on, put around, communicate, diffuse, make public, make known, purvey, broadcast, publicize, propagate, promulgate, repeat, bruit about/abroad
    • 7. (of people, animals, or plants) become distributed over a large or larger area:

      the owls have spread as far north as Yellowknife
    • 8. distribute (something) in a specified way:

      you can spread the payments over as long a period as you like
    • 9. apply (a substance) to an object or surface in an even layer:

      he sighed, spreading jam on a croissant
    • 10. cover (a surface) with a substance in an even layer:

      spread each slice thinly with mayonnaise
    • 11. be able to be applied in an even layer:

      the whipped butter spreads easily
    • 12. lay (a table) for a meal.

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: spread, plural noun: spreads

    • v.: verb: spread, 3rd person present: spreads, gerund or present participle: spreading, past tense: spread, past participle: spread

    • verb

      open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length:

      stretch out (arms, legs, hands, fingers, or wings) so that they are far apart:

    • noun

      the fact or process of spreading over an area:

      the extent, width, or area covered by something:

    • verb

      stretch (someone) out with their arms and legs extended:

      perform a spread eagle.

    • noun

      an emblematic representation of an eagle with its legs and wings extended.

      a straight glide made with the feet in a line, with the heels touching, and the arms stretched out to either side.

    • adjective

      stretched out with one's arms and legs extended:

      loudly or aggressively patriotic about the US:

    • noun

      a forecast of the number of points by which a stronger team is expected to defeat a weaker one, used for betting purposes.

      the spread of energy from a point source, especially with respect to light coming into an optical instrument or eye.

    • noun

      the two facing middle pages of a newspaper or magazine.
    • noun

      a forecast of the number of points constituting the margin by which a stronger team is expected to defeat a weaker one, used for betting purposes.

      the spread of energy from a point source, especially with respect to light coming into an optical instrument or eye.

    • noun

      a form of betting in which the bettor wins or loses money according to the margin by which the value of a particular outcome varies from the spread of expected values quoted by the bookmaker.
    • noun

      the two facing middle pages of a newspaper or magazine.
    • noun

      the fat that may accumulate around the areas of the abdomen and buttocks during one's middle age:
    • spread with great speed
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