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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.




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

SamplesA table spread with food.



3. spread fully extended in width

SamplesOutspread wings.
With arms spread wide.




English noun: spread

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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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