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Meaning & Definition of Spread in English

English

Spread

/sprɛd/

noun

1. Process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • spreading

2. A conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

  • "Gap between income and outgo"
  • "The spread between lending and borrowing costs"
    synonym:
  • gap
  • ,
  • spread

3. Farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

    synonym:
  • ranch
  • ,
  • spread
  • ,
  • cattle ranch
  • ,
  • cattle farm

4. A haphazard distribution in all directions

    synonym:
  • scatter
  • ,
  • spread

5. A tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes

    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • paste

6. A meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed

  • "A banquet for the graduating seniors"
  • "The thanksgiving feast"
  • "They put out quite a spread"
    synonym:
  • banquet
  • ,
  • feast
  • ,
  • spread

7. Two facing pages of a book or other publication

    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • spread

9. Decorative cover for a bed

    synonym:
  • bedspread
  • ,
  • bedcover
  • ,
  • bed cover
  • ,
  • bed covering
  • ,
  • counterpane
  • ,
  • spread

10. Act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • spreading

verb

1. Distribute or disperse widely

  • "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • distribute

2. Become distributed or widespread

  • "The infection spread"
  • "Optimism spread among the population"
    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • propagate

3. Spread across or over

  • "A big oil spot spread across the water"
    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • overspread

4. Spread out or open from a closed or folded state

  • "Open the map"
  • "Spread your arms"
    synonym:
  • unfold
  • ,
  • spread
  • ,
  • spread out
  • ,
  • open

5. Cause to become widely known

  • "Spread information"
  • "Circulate a rumor"
  • "Broadcast the news"
    synonym:
  • circulate
  • ,
  • circularize
  • ,
  • circularise
  • ,
  • distribute
  • ,
  • disseminate
  • ,
  • propagate
  • ,
  • broadcast
  • ,
  • spread
  • ,
  • diffuse
  • ,
  • disperse
  • ,
  • pass around

6. Become widely known and passed on

  • "The rumor spread"
  • "The story went around in the office"
    synonym:
  • go around
  • ,
  • spread
  • ,
  • circulate

7. Strew or distribute over an area

  • "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"
  • "Scatter cards across the table"
    synonym:
  • spread
  • ,
  • scatter
  • ,
  • spread out

8. Move outward

  • "The soldiers fanned out"
    synonym:
  • diffuse
  • ,
  • spread
  • ,
  • spread out
  • ,
  • fan out

9. Cover by spreading something over

  • "Spread the bread with cheese"
    synonym:
  • spread

10. Distribute over a surface in a layer

  • "Spread cheese on a piece of bread"
    synonym:
  • spread

adjective

1. Distributed or spread over a considerable extent

  • "Has ties with many widely dispersed friends"
  • "Eleven million jews are spread throughout europe"
    synonym:
  • dispersed
  • ,
  • spread

2. Prepared or arranged for a meal

  • Especially having food set out
  • "A table spread with food"
    synonym:
  • spread

3. Fully extended in width

  • "Outspread wings"
  • "With arms spread wide"
    synonym:
  • outspread
  • ,
  • spread

Examples of using

In the name of the Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, Claudio Soarez Rocha expressed admiration for the continuing effort which Esperanto-speaking people throughout the world are always making, for the greater spread of Esperanto. He wrote, amongst other things,“We know that in the history of mankind, there have been languages that have become intrusive as a result of political power, such as Latin, or to a certain extent French and lately, English. We very much wish, in fact, that one day Espe
The fire spread very quickly.
Talk of prejudice typically suggests racism, but that's not the only prejudice spread by the media. Other victims include Jews, Palestinians, Asians, poor people, homosexuals, handicapped persons, and--especially--women.