1. [ verb ] distribute or disperse widely
Synonyms: distribute

"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
Synonyms: propagate

"the infection spread" "Optimism spread among the population"

Related terms: move catch
3. [ verb ] spread across or over
Synonyms: overspread

"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
Synonyms: dispersed

"has ties with many widely dispersed friends" "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"

Related terms: distributed
7. [ verb ] become widely known and passed on
Synonyms: circulate go_around

"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
Synonyms: spread_out scatter

"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
Synonyms: gap

: "gap between income and outgo" "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"

Related terms: disparity
10. [ noun ] process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
Synonyms: spreading
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
Synonyms: outspread

"outspread wings" "with arms spread wide"

Related terms: extended
14. [ noun ] a haphazard distribution in all directions
Synonyms: scatter
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"

Related terms: prepared
16. [ noun ] (food) a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers
Synonyms: paste
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
Synonyms: feast banquet

"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"

Related terms: girth
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"

Related terms: spreader
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
Synonyms: spreading
Related terms: extension dispersion circulation decentralization scatter circulate
Similar spelling:   spreader