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Dictionary Definition

spread adj
1 distributed or spread over a considerable extent; "has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe" [syn: dispersed]
2 prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out; "a table spread with food"
3 fully extended in width; "outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide" [syn: outspread]


1 process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space [syn: spreading]
2 a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs" [syn: gap]
3 farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle) [syn: ranch, cattle ranch, cattle farm]
4 a haphazard distribution in all directions [syn: scatter]
5 a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers [syn: 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" [syn: banquet, feast]
7 two facing pages of a book or other publication [syn: 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 [syn: bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane]
10 act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time [syn: spreading]


1 distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country" [syn: distribute] [ant: gather]
2 become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population" [syn: propagate]
3 spread across or over; "A big oil spot spread across the water" [syn: overspread]
4 spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms" [syn: unfold, spread out, open] [ant: fold]
5 cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, diffuse, disperse, pass around]
6 become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office" [syn: go around, circulate]
7 strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table" [syn: scatter, spread out]
8 move outward; "The soldiers fanned out" [syn: 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"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'sprɛd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛd


  1. To put one’s legs apart.
  2. To divide something in a homogeneous way.
  3. To scatter.
  4. To put butter or jam onto bread.
  5. To expand.
    Missionaries spread their religion's teachings.
  6. To expand.
    The disease had spread into remote villages.

Derived terms


to put one’s legs apart
to divide something in a homogeneous way
to scatter
to put butter or jam onto bread
(transitive) to expand
(intransitive) to expand


  1. The act of spreading or something that has been spread.
  2. An expanse of land.
  3. A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).
  4. A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.
  5. Any form of food designed to be spread onto a slice of bread etc.
  6. An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.
  7. A numerical difference.


act of spreading
something that has been spread
  • Finnish: levite
  • Japanese: 拡散, 展開
expanse of land
piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread)
large meal, especially one laid out on a table
food designed to be spread
item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page
numerical difference

Extensive Definition

Spread may refer to:
  • The laying of Tarot cards in a certain manner
See also:
spread in German: Spread
spread in French: Spread
spread in Japanese: スプレッド

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