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English verb: spread out

1. spread out (motion) move outward


SamplesThe soldiers fanned out.


Synonymsdiffuse, fan out, spread


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread


Narrower (hyponym)bleed, creep, mantle, percolate, run

2. spread out (contact) set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series


SamplesThe houses were strung out in a long row.


Synonymsstring out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

3. spread out (motion) strew or distribute over an area


SamplesHe spread fertilizer over the lawn.
Scatter cards across the table.


Synonymsscatter, spread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)circulate, distribute, pass around, pass on


Narrower (hyponym)birdlime, circumfuse, distribute, lime, manure, muck

4. spread out (motion) extend in one or more directions


SamplesThe dough expands.


Synonymsexpand


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)grow


Narrower (hyponym)bush out, dispread


Antonymsshrink, contract

5. spread out (motion) turn outward


SamplesThese birds can splay out their toes.
Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees.


Synonymsrotate, splay, turn out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)turn

6. spread out (motion) move away from each other


SamplesThe crowds dispersed.
The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached.


Synonymsdisperse, dissipate, scatter


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)part, separate, split


Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, break, volley

7. spread out (contact) spread out or open from a closed or folded state


SamplesOpen the map.
Spread your arms.


Synonymsopen, spread, unfold


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)undo


Narrower (hyponym)butterfly, divaricate, exfoliate, grass, splay, uncross


Antonymsfold, fold up, turn up









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