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English adjective: spread

1. spread distributed or spread over a considerable extent


SamplesHas ties with many widely dispersed friends.
Eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe.


Synonymsdispersed


Similardistributed


Antonymsconcentrated

2. spread prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out


SamplesA table spread with food.


Similarprepared


Antonymsunprepared

3. spread fully extended in width


SamplesOutspread wings.
With arms spread wide.


Synonymsoutspread


Similarextended


Antonymsunextended


English noun: spread

1. spread (event) process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space


Synonymsspreading


Broader (hypernym)change of location, travel


Narrower (hyponym)diffusion, dispersion, invasion, irradiation, radiation, scattering

2. spread (attribute) a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures


SamplesGap between income and outgo.
The spread between lending and borrowing costs.


Synonymsgap


Broader (hypernym)disparity

3. spread (artifact) farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)


Synonymscattle farm, cattle ranch, ranch


Broader (hypernym)farm

4. spread (attribute) a haphazard distribution in all directions


Synonymsscatter


Broader (hypernym)dispersion, distribution


Narrower (hyponym)diffuseness

5. spread (food) a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes


Synonymspaste


Broader (hypernym)condiment


Narrower (hyponym)anchovy butter, cheese spread, fishpaste, garlic butter, hommos, hoummos, hummus, humous, humus, lobster butter, margarin, margarine, marge, marshmallow fluff, miso, nut butter, oleo, oleomargarine, onion butter, pate, peanut butter, pimento butter, shrimp butter, tahini, tapenade

6. spread (food) a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed


SamplesA banquet for the graduating seniors.
The Thanksgiving feast.
They put out quite a spread.


Synonymsbanquet, feast


Broader (hypernym)meal, repast

7. spread (communication) two facing pages of a book or other publication


Synonymsfacing pages, spread head, spreadhead


Broader (hypernym)page


Narrower (hyponym)center spread, centerfold, centre spread, centrefold


Part meronympublication

8. spread (attribute) the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)


SamplesShe exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread.


Broader (hypernym)girth

9. spread (artifact) decorative cover for a bed


Synonymsbed cover, bed covering, bedcover, bedspread, counterpane


Broader (hypernym)bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding


Narrower (hyponym)coverlet, quilted bedspread

10. spread (act) act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time


Synonymsspreading


Broader (hypernym)extension


Narrower (hyponym)circulation, decentralisation, decentralization, diffusion, dispersal, dispersion, dissemination, scatter, scattering, strewing


English verb: spread

1. spread (contact) distribute or disperse widely


SamplesThe invaders spread their language all over the country.


Synonymsdistribute


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


Narrower (hyponym)deploy, diffuse, discharge, export, fan out, generalise, generalize, metastasise, metastasize, propagate, redistribute, sprawl, spread, spread out, straggle, straw, strew


Antonymsgather, pull together, collect, garner

2. spread (contact) become distributed or widespread


SamplesThe infection spread.
Optimism spread among the population.


Synonymspropagate


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)catch

3. spread (stative) spread across or over


SamplesA big oil spot spread across the water.


Synonymsoverspread


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)continue, cover, extend


Narrower (hyponym)transgress

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


SamplesOpen the map.
Spread your arms.


Synonymsopen, spread out, 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

5. spread (communication) cause to become widely known


SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.


Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize


Narrower (hyponym)carry, generalise, generalize, podcast, popularise, popularize, run, sow, vulgarise, vulgarize


Causecirculate, go around, spread


Verb groupcirculate, go around, spread

6. spread (communication) become widely known and passed on


SamplesThe rumor spread.
The story went around in the office.


Synonymscirculate, go around


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Verb groupbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread

7. spread (motion) strew or distribute over an area


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


Synonymsscatter, spread out


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

8. spread (motion) move outward


SamplesThe soldiers fanned out.


Synonymsdiffuse, fan out, spread out


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


Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread


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

9. spread (contact) cover by spreading something over


SamplesSpread the bread with cheese.


ExamplesThey spread the bread with melted butter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)cover


Narrower (hyponym)slather

10. spread (contact) distribute over a surface in a layer


SamplesSpread cheese on a piece of bread.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP









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