Definitions for spreadsprɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spreadsprɛd(v.; n.; adj.)spread, spread•ing

  1. (v.t.)to draw, stretch, or open out, esp. over a flat surface:

    Spread out the blanket.

  2. to extend out; move apart:

    The bird spread its wings.

  3. to distribute over an area of space or time:

    to spread seed on the ground.

  4. to apply in a thin layer or coating:

    to spread butter on bread.

  5. to extend as a covering:

    to spread the sheet over the bed.

  6. to set or prepare (a table) for a meal.

  7. to send out in various directions:

    to spread light.

  8. to cause to become widely known; disseminate:

    to spread rumors.

  9. to extend the aperture at (the lips) laterally, so as to reduce it vertically, in articulating a sound.

    Category: Phonetics

  10. (v.i.)to become stretched out or extended; expand.

  11. to become broadly distributed.

  12. (n.)an act or instance of spreading.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  13. expansion; diffusion:

    the spread of suspicion.

  14. the extent of spreading:

    to measure the spread of branches.

  15. the difference between the prices bid and asked of stock or a commodity. a commodities market transaction in which the call price is set above and the put price below the current market quotation. the difference between any two prices or rates for related costs.

    Category: Business

  16. capacity for spreading.

  17. a distance or range between two points.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  18. Category: Aeronautics

    Ref: wingspan.

  19. an expanse of something:

    a spread of timber.

  20. a cloth covering for a bed, table, or the like, esp. a bedspread.

  21. Informal. an abundance of food set out on a table; feast.

    Category: Informal

  22. a food preparation for spreading, as jam or peanut butter.

    Category: Cooking

  23. two facing pages, as of a book or newspaper.

    Category: Journalism

  24. an extensive display treatment of a topic in a newspaper or magazine. an advertisement or story covering one or more pages.

    Category: Journalism

  25. landed property, as a farm or ranch.

  26. (adj.)(of a speech sound) pronounced with spread lips, as the vowel (ē) in


    Category: Phonetics

Idioms for spread:

  1. spread oneself thin,to undertake too many projects simultaneously.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spread:

1150–1200; OE -sprǣdan, c. OS -spreidan, OHG spreitan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spread, spreading(noun)

    process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

  2. gap, spread(noun)

    a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

    "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"

  3. ranch, spread, cattle ranch, cattle farm(noun)

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

  4. scatter, spread(noun)

    a haphazard distribution in all directions

  5. spread, paste(noun)

    a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes

  6. banquet, feast, spread(noun)

    a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed

    "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread"

  7. spread, spread head, spreadhead, facing pages(noun)

    two facing pages of a book or other publication

  8. spread(noun)

    the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)

    "she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"

  9. bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane, spread(noun)

    decorative cover for a bed

  10. spread, spreading(adj)

    act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

  11. dispersed, spread(adj)

    distributed or spread over a considerable extent

    "has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"

  12. spread(adj)

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

    "a table spread with food"

  13. outspread, spread(verb)

    fully extended in width

    "outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide"

  14. spread, distribute(verb)

    distribute or disperse widely

    "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

  15. spread, propagate(verb)

    become distributed or widespread

    "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population"

  16. spread, overspread(verb)

    spread across or over

    "A big oil spot spread across the water"

  17. unfold, spread, spread out, open(verb)

    spread out or open from a closed or folded state

    "open the map"; "spread your arms"

  18. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around(verb)

    cause to become widely known

    "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"

  19. go around, spread, circulate(verb)

    become widely known and passed on

    "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"

  20. spread, scatter, spread out(verb)

    strew or distribute over an area

    "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"

  21. diffuse, spread, spread out, fan out(verb)

    move outward

    "The soldiers fanned out"

  22. spread(verb)

    cover by spreading something over

    "spread the bread with cheese"

  23. spread(verb)

    distribute over a surface in a layer

    "spread cheese on a piece of bread"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spread(verb)ɛd

    to affect or cause to affect more people, a larger area, etc.

    The fire spread rapidly.; insects that spread the virus to humans; Fear began to spread throughout Europe.; She's spreading rumors again.

  2. spreadɛd

    to exist or be present across a large area, or to cause to exist or be present

    Free health clinics are spread across the country.; Bees spread the pollen among the flowers.

  3. spreadɛd

    to push a soft substance across a surface to create a thin layer

    Spread some butter on the toast.

  4. spreadɛd

    (of a soft substance) to be able to be pushed across a surface in a thin layer

    The glue spreads easily.

  5. spreadɛd

    to unfold and make flat

    She spread the tablecloth over the table.

  6. spreadɛd

    to open your arms or legs wide

    She spread her arms to hug them.

  7. spreadɛd

    a soft food that can be spread

    a butter-like spread


  1. spread(Noun)

    The act of spreading or something that has been spread.

  2. spread(Noun)

    An expanse of land.

  3. spread(Noun)

    A large tract of land used to raise livestock; a cattle ranch

  4. spread(Noun)

    A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).

  5. spread(Noun)

    A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.

  6. spread(Noun)

    Any form of food designed to be spread such as butters or jams

  7. spread(Noun)

    An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.

  8. spread(Noun)

    A numerical difference.

  9. spread(Noun)

    The difference between the wholesale and retail prices.

  10. spread(Verb)

    To stretch out, open out (a material etc.) so that it more fully covers a given area of space.

    He spread his newspaper on the table.

  11. spread(Verb)

    To extend (individual rays, limbs etc.); to stretch out in varying or opposing directions.

    I spread my arms wide and welcomed him home.

  12. spread(Verb)

    To disperse, to scatter or distribute over a given area.

    I spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.

  13. spread(Verb)

    To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated.

  14. spread(Verb)

    To disseminate; to cause to proliferate, to make (something) widely known or present.

    The missionaries quickly spread their new message across the country.

  15. spread(Verb)

    To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended.

    I dropped my glass; the water spread quickly over the tiled floor.

  16. spread(Verb)

    To smear, to distribute in a thin layer.

    She liked to spread butter on her toast while it was still hot."

  17. spread(Verb)

    To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter.

    He always spreads his toast with peanut butter and strawberry jam.

  18. spread(Verb)

    To open oneu2019s legs.

  19. spread(Noun)

    The difference between the price of a futures month and the price of another month of the same commodity.

  20. spread(Noun)

    The purchase of a futures contract of one delivery month against the sale of another futures delivery month of the same commodity.

  21. spread(Noun)

    The purchase of one delivery month of one commodity against the sale of that same delivery month of a different commodity.

  22. spread(Noun)

    An arbitrage transaction of the same commodity in two markets, executed to take advantage of a profit from price discrepancies.

  23. spread(Noun)

    The difference between bidding and asking price.

  24. spread(Noun)

    The difference between the prices of two similar items.

  25. Origin: From spreden, from sprædan, from spraidijanan, from (s)per-. Cognate with West Frisian spriede, spriedjen, Dutch spreiden, spreden, German spreiten, spreida, spreie, Swedish sprida.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spread

    of Spread

  2. Spread(verb)

    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

  3. Spread(verb)

    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

  4. Spread(verb)

    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

  5. Spread(verb)

    to propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease

  6. Spread(verb)

    to diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance

  7. Spread(verb)

    to strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground

  8. Spread(verb)

    to prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table

  9. Spread(verb)

    to extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand

  10. Spread(verb)

    to be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty

  11. Spread(verb)

    to be made known more extensively, as news

  12. Spread(verb)

    to be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city

  13. Spread(noun)

    extent; compass

  14. Spread(noun)

    expansion of parts

  15. Spread(noun)

    a cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed

  16. Spread(noun)

    a table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast

  17. Spread(noun)

    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

  18. Spread(noun)

    an unlimited expanse of discontinuous points

  19. Spread

    imp. & p. p. of Spread, v


  1. Spread

    A spread is a food that is literally spread, generally with a knife, onto bread, crackers, or other food products. Spreads are added to food to provide flavor and texture, and are an integral part of the dish, i.e. they should be distinguished from condiments, which are optional additions. Spreads should also be distinguished from dips, which generally are not applied to food via a knife or similar utensil, such as salsa. Common spreads include dairy spreads, plant spreads, margarines, yeast spreads and meat spreads.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2266

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2557

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Nouns Frequency: #2032

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Verbs Frequency: #348

Anagrams of spread

  1. spared

  2. rasped

  3. dreaps

  4. padres

  5. parsed

  6. spader

  7. drapes

Translations for spread

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the process of reaching a wider area, affecting more people etc

the spread of information/television; the spread of crime among schoolchildren.

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