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Spread - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Spread' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Spread
- imp. & p. p. of Spread, v.
2 . Spread [ imp. & p. p.]
- of Spread
3 . Spread [ n.]
- Extent; compass.
- Expansion of parts.
- A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.
- A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast.
- A privilege which one person buys of another, of demanding certain shares of stock at a certain price, or of delivering the same shares of stock at another price, within a time agreed upon.
- An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.
4 . Spread [ v. i.]
- To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand.
- To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.
- To be made known more extensively, as news.
- To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city.
5 . Spread [ v. t.]
- To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail.
- To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space.
- To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; -- often acompanied by abroad.
- To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
- To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
- To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
- To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.

Meaning of 'Spread' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . spread [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
Example in sentence:
  • a banquet for the graduating seniors;
  • the Thanksgiving feast;
  • they put out quite a spread
Meaning (2):
- a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
Example in sentence:
  • gap between income and outgo;
  • the spread between lending and borrowing costs
Meaning (3):
- the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)
Example in sentence:
  • she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread
4 . spread [ v]
Meaning (4):
- spread across or over
Example in sentence:
  • A big oil spot spread across the water
Meaning (5):
- cause to become widely known
Example in sentence:
  • broadcast the news;
  • circulate a rumor;
  • spread information
Meaning (6):
- strew or distribute over an area
Example in sentence:
  • He spread fertilizer over the lawn;
  • scatter cards across the table
Meaning (7):
- spread out or open from a closed or folded state
Example in sentence:
  • open the map;
  • spread your arms
Meaning (8):
- become distributed or widespread
Example in sentence:
  • Optimism spread among the population;
  • the infection spread
Meaning (9):
- distribute over a surface in a layer
Example in sentence:
  • spread cheese on a piece of bread
Meaning (10):
- cover by spreading something over
Example in sentence:
  • spread the bread with cheese
Meaning (11):
- distribute or disperse widely
Example in sentence:
  • The invaders spread their language all over the country
Meaning (12):
- become widely known and passed on
Example in sentence:
  • the rumor spread;
  • the story went around in the office
Meaning (13):
- move outward
Example in sentence:
  • The soldiers fanned out
14 . spread [ s]
Meaning (14):
- prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out
Example in sentence:
  • a table spread with food
Meaning (15):
- distributed or spread over a considerable extent
Example in sentence:
  • eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe;
  • has ties with many widely dispersed friends
Meaning (16):
- fully extended in width
Example in sentence:
  • outspread wings;
  • with arms spread wide