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  Definition of Spread
  1. act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
  2. decorative cover for a bed
  3. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
  4. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
  5. a haphazard distribution in all directions
  6. the expansion of a person''s girth (especially at middle age); "she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"
  7. two facing pages of a book or other publication
  8. process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
  9. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread"
  10. a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers
  11. cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
  12. become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"
  13. distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
  14. become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population"
  15. spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
  16. distribute over a surface in a layer; "spread cheese on a piece of bread"
  17. cover by spreading something over; "spread the bread with cheese"
  18. move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
  19. strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
  20. spread across or over; "A big oil spot spread across the water"
  21. distributed or spread over a considerable extent; "has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
  22. fully extended in width; "outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide"
  23. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out; "a table spread with food"
Similar Words: spreading, bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane, ranch, cattle ranch, cattle farm, gap, scatter, spread head, spreadhead, facing pages, banquet, feast, paste, circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, diffuse, disperse, pass around, go around, unfold, spread out, open, fan out, overspread, dispersed, outspread


See Also: diffuse, spread out, fan out, expand, disperse, dissipate, scatter, string out


Hyponyms: circulation, dispersion, dispersal, dissemination, diffusion, scatter, scattering, strewing, decentralization, decentralisation, coverlet, quilted bedspread, diffuseness, center spread, centre spread, centerfold, centrefold, invasion, irradiation, radiation, margarine, margarin, oleo, oleomargarine, marge, nut butter, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, onion butter, pimento butter, shrimp butter, lobster butter, cheese spread, anchovy butter, fishpaste, garlic butter, hummus, humus, hommos, hoummos, humous, pate, tapenade, tahini, sow, sough, popularize, popularise, vulgarize, vulgarise, generalize, generalise, carry, run, metastasize, metastasise, discharge, strew, straw, export, propagate, deploy, redistribute, sprawl, straggle, diffuse, spread out, fan out, catch, divaricate, exfoliate, grass, butterfly, uncross, splay, slather, percolate, grow over, creep, bleed, mantle, manure, muck, birdlime, lime, circumfuse, distribute, transgress


Grouped Verbs: go around, circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, diffuse, disperse, pass around


Part Meronyms: publication


Derivational Morphology: distribute, diffuse, spread out, fan out, scatter, circulate, circularize, circularise, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, disperse, pass around, overspread, ranch, go around, sprinkle, dot, dust, dissipate, dispel, break up, feast, banquet, junket, dispersion, dispersal, dissemination, diffusion, spreading, airing, public exposure, program, programme, propagation, extension, propagator, disseminator, circular, handbill, bill, broadside, broadsheet, flier, flyer, throwaway, circulation, distribution, spreader, opening, paste, scattering, strewing, broadcaster


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