|1.||[ verb ] distribute or disperse widely|
"The invaders spread their language all over the country"
|Related terms:||gather diffuse strew discharge sprawl redistribute generalize export propagate metastasize deploy expand diffuse disperse string_out distribution spreader|
|2.||[ verb ] become distributed or widespread|
"the infection spread" "Optimism spread among the population"
|Related terms:||move catch|
|3.||[ verb ] spread across or over|
"A big oil spot spread across the water"
|Related terms:||cover transgress|
|4.||[ verb ] cause to become widely known|
|Synonyms:||disseminate circulate distribute diffuse pass_around disperse propagate broadcast circularise circularize|
"spread information" "circulate a rumor" "broadcast the news"
|Related terms:||publicize canvass carry sow bandy_about popularize go_around broadcast dissemination broadcast propagation dispersion scatter dissemination circular circulation propagator go_around|
|5.||[ verb ] spread out or open from a closed or folded state|
|Synonyms:||open spread_out unfold|
"open the map" "spread your arms"
|Related terms:||fold undo grass butterfly divaricate uncross splay exfoliate opening|
|6.||[ adjective ] distributed or spread over a considerable extent|
"has ties with many widely dispersed friends" "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
|7.||[ verb ] become widely known and passed on|
"the rumor spread" "the story went around in the office"
|Related terms:||travel publicize carry sow popularize circulate|
|8.||[ verb ] strew or distribute over an area|
"He spread fertilizer over the lawn" "scatter cards across the table"
|Related terms:||circulate circumfuse manure distribute birdlime scatter scatter|
|9.||[ noun ] a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures|
: "gap between income and outgo" "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
|10.||[ noun ] process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space|
|Related terms:||change_of_location diffusion dispersion invasion radiation irradiation circulate go_around|
|11.||[ verb ] move outward|
|Synonyms:||spread_out fan_out diffuse|
"The soldiers fanned out"
|Related terms:||grow_over run percolate mantle dispersion|
|12.||[ noun ] (work,agriculture) farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)|
|Synonyms:||ranch cattle_farm cattle_ranch|
|Related terms:||farm ranch|
|13.||[ adjective ] fully extended in width|
"outspread wings" "with arms spread wide"
|14.||[ noun ] a haphazard distribution in all directions|
|Related terms:||distribution diffuseness diffuse circulate disperse scatter disperse|
|15.||[ adjective ] prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out|
"a table spread with food"
|16.||[ noun ] (food) a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers|
|Related terms:||condiment peanut_butter shrimp_butter cheese_spread marshmallow_fluff onion_butter hommos lobster_butter pate anchovy_butter fishpaste garlic_butter tapenade pimento_butter nut_butter tahini margarine|
|17.||[ noun ] (food) a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed|
"a banquet for the graduating seniors" "the Thanksgiving feast" "they put out quite a spread"
|Related terms:||meal feast|
|18.||[ noun ] the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)|
"she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"
|19.||[ noun ] decorative cover for a bed|
|Synonyms:||bedcover bed_cover bed_covering counterpane bedspread|
|Related terms:||bedclothes coverlet quilted_bedspread|
|20.||[ verb ] cover by spreading something over|
"spread the bread with cheese"
|Related terms:||cover slather|
|21.||[ verb ] distribute over a surface in a layer|
"spread cheese on a piece of bread"
|22.||[ noun ] (printing) two facing pages of a book or other publication|
|Synonyms:||facing_pages spread_head spreadhead|
|Related terms:||page centerfold center_spread publication|
|23.||[ noun ] act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time|
|Related terms:||extension dispersion circulation decentralization scatter circulate|