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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spread, spreadingnoun

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

  2. gap, spreadnoun

    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 farmnoun

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

  4. scatter, spreadnoun

    a haphazard distribution in all directions

  5. spread, pastenoun

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

  6. banquet, feast, spreadnoun

    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 pagesnoun

    two facing pages of a book or other publication

  8. spreadnoun

    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, spreadnoun

    decorative cover for a bed

  10. spread, spreadingadjective

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

  11. dispersed, spreadadjective

    distributed or spread over a considerable extent

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

  12. spreadadjective

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

    "a table spread with food"

  13. outspread, spreadverb

    fully extended in width

    "outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide"

  14. spread, distributeverb

    distribute or disperse widely

    "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

  15. spread, propagateverb

    become distributed or widespread

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

  16. spread, overspreadverb

    spread across or over

    "A big oil spot spread across the water"

  17. unfold, spread, spread out, openverb

    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 aroundverb

    cause to become widely known

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

  19. go around, spread, circulateverb

    become widely known and passed on

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

  20. spread, scatter, spread outverb

    strew or distribute over an area

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

  21. diffuse, spread, spread out, fan outverb

    move outward

    "The soldiers fanned out"

  22. spreadverb

    cover by spreading something over

    "spread the bread with cheese"

  23. spreadverb

    distribute over a surface in a layer

    "spread cheese on a piece of bread"


  1. spreadnoun

    The act of spreading or something that has been spread.

  2. spreadnoun

    An expanse of land.

  3. spreadnoun

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

  4. spreadnoun

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

  5. spreadnoun

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

  6. spreadnoun

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

  7. spreadnoun

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

  8. spreadnoun

    A numerical difference.

  9. spreadnoun

    The difference between the wholesale and retail prices.

  10. spreadverb

    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. spreadverb

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

    I spread my arms wide and welcomed him home.

  12. spreadverb

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

    I spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.

  13. spreadverb

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

  14. spreadverb

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

    The missionaries quickly spread their new message across the country.

  15. spreadverb

    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. spreadverb

    To smear, to distribute in a thin layer.

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

  17. spreadverb

    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. spreadverb

    To open one's legs.

  19. spreadnoun

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

  20. spreadnoun

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

  21. spreadnoun

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

  22. spreadnoun

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

  23. spreadnoun

    The difference between bidding and asking price.

  24. spreadnoun

    The difference between the prices of two similar items.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spreadnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I have got a fine spread of improveable lands, and am already ploughing up some, fencing others. Addison.

    No flower hath that spread of the woodbind. Francis Bacon.

  2. To SPREADverb

    Etymology: spredan , Saxon; spreyden, Dutch.

    He bought a field where he had spread his tent. Gen. xxxiii.

    Rizpah spread sackloth for her upon the rock. 2 Sam. xxi.

    Make the trees more tall, more spread, and more hasty than they use to be. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish. Jer. x.

    Her cheeks their freshness lose and wonted grace,
    And an unusual paleness spreads her face. George Granville.

    The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold. Isa. xl. 19.

    Spread o’er the silver waves thy golden hair. William Shakespeare.

    He arose from kneeling, with his hands spread up to heaven, and he blessed the congregation. 1 Kings viii. 54.

    The stately trees fast spread their branches. John Milton.

    Deep in a rich alcove the prince was laid,
    Fast by his side Pisistratus lay spread,
    In age his equal, on a splendid bed. Alexander Pope.

    They, when departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. Matth. ix. 31.

    Their course thro’ thickest constellations held,
    They spread their bane. John Milton.

  3. To Spreadverb

    To extend or expand itself.

    Can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? Job xxxvi. 29.

    The princes of Germany had but a dull fear of the greatness of Spain, upon a general apprehension only of their spreading and ambitious designs. Francis Bacon.

    Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall. Francis Bacon.

    Great Pan, who wont to chase the fair,
    And lov’d the spreading oak, was there. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The valley opened at the farther end spreading forth into an immense ocean. Addison.


  1. spread

    Spread, in the general sense, is used to refer to the extent, scope, range or distribution of something over an area or surface. It can be the act of opening, widening, or stretching something out or the dispersion of a mass of something across a particular area. It can also pertain to the difference between two or more distinct elements. The context often determines its specific meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spread

    of Spread

  2. Spreadverb

    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. Spreadverb

    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. Spreadverb

    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. Spreadverb

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

  6. Spreadverb

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

  7. Spreadverb

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

  8. Spreadverb

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

  9. Spreadverb

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

  10. Spreadverb

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

  11. Spreadverb

    to be made known more extensively, as news

  12. Spreadverb

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

  13. Spreadnoun

    extent; compass

  14. Spreadnoun

    expansion of parts

  15. Spreadnoun

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

  16. Spreadnoun

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

  17. Spreadnoun

    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. Spreadnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spread

    spred, v.t. to scatter abroad or in all directions: to stretch: to extend: to overlay: to shoot out, as branches: to circulate, as news: to cause to affect numbers, as a disease: to diffuse: to set with provisions, as a table.—v.i. to extend or expand in all directions: to be extended or stretched: to be propagated or circulated:—pa.t. and pa.p. spread.—n. extent: compass: expansion of parts: that which is spread out, a feast: a cover for a bed or a table.—adj. having a broad surface: shallower than the standard.—adj. Spread′-ea′gle, like an eagle with the wings stretched out, bombastic, boastful.—n. (naut.) a person seized in the rigging, a passenger thus made to pay his entrance forfeit.—ns. Spread′-ea′gleism, a bombastic and frothy patriotism; Spread′er, one who, or that which, spreads, one who publishes or extends: any machine or implement for helping to scatter.—p.adj. Spread′ing.—adv. Spread′ingly, increasingly.—Spread a fleet, to keep more open order. [A.S. sprǽdan; Dut. spreiden, Ger. spreiten.]

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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 for Spread »

  1. parsed

  2. rasped

  3. spader

  4. spared

  5. padres

  6. drapes

  7. dreaps

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spread in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Spread in a Sentence

  1. Mark Woolhouse:

    Travel restrictions can delay but not prevent the spread of a highly transmissible variant.

  2. Wendy Barclay:

    If this does prove to be the case then controlling the spread does become more of a challenge, and measures like airport screening are unlikely to stem the virus effectively.

  3. Maria Silva Dias:

    In the more populated areas you might have a greater effect of the army extinguishing fires and putting some sense into people who would just burn the land to clear it with no care whether this fire will spread.

  4. Joe Biden:

    We're working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it, it is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential. That's all they told me.

  5. Steve Sisolak:

    This bill will help prevent Nevadans from experiencing the long lines at polling locations they faced during the Primary election, which will protect their safety, safeguard their right to make their voices heard, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Translations for Spread

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  • نشرArabic
  • разделямBulgarian
  • šířit, namazatCzech
  • sprede, opdækning, spredning, festmåltid, udbredelse, omfang, smørepålæg, opredning, spændvidde, fordele, udbrede, brede, strø, smøreDanish
  • Aufstrich, beschmieren, verteilen, bestreichen, verbreiten, ausstreuen, ausbreiten, auftragen, spreizenGerman
  • sterniEsperanto
  • esparcir, diseminar, extender, divulgar, dispersar, difundirSpanish
  • افشاندنPersian
  • levittää, hajottaa, levite, hajonta, peite, levitys, levitä, sirottaa, tasoittaaFinnish
  • écarter, étaler, disperser, s'étendre, répandre, diffuser, étendre, éparpillerFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • ken, terjeszt, terjedHungarian
  • penyebaranIndonesian
  • difuzarIdo
  • imbandigione, sparpagliare, spartire, spalmare, allargare, diffondere, spargereItalian
  • 展開, 拡散, 掛け, 広げる, 塗る, 伸ばす, 開く, 散らす, 裂く, ばら撒く, 広がるJapanese
  • 다리를 벌리다Korean
  • قاچ کردنه‌وه‌‌, بڵاوکردنه‌وه‌Kurdish
  • kokeMāori
  • простирка, ширење, трпеза, прекривка, простирање, намаз, пространство, расфрла, поделува, мачка, се простира, шири, намачкува, распространува, растура, простира, размачкува, се распространува, раширува, премачкуваMacedonian
  • verbreiden, besmeren, spreiden, uitspreiden, uitbreiden, strekken, verbreden, smeren, uitstrekken, stretchen, vergroten, bestrijken, verspreiden, verwijden, uitsmeren, uitstrooienDutch
  • podzielić, rozprzestrzeniać, rozłożyć, rozprzestrzeniać się, smarować, rozsmarować, rozsmarowywaćPolish
  • espalhar, espalhamento, alastrar, difundir, estender, passarPortuguese
  • așterne, întindeRomanian
  • покрывало, пиршество, простирание, разворот, распространение, распространить, раскидать, распространяться, протянуть, намазывать, распространиться, раздвигать, намазать, распространять, раздвинуть, раскидывать, протягиватьRussian
  • spridning, bre, vidgning, bokuppslag, pålägg, tidningsuppslag, uppslag, bredbar, mittuppslag, utsprida, sprida, breda, sträcka, skingra, vidgaSwedish
  • enea, sambaa, enezaSwahili
  • การแพร่กระจายThai
  • yayılmak, yaymak, sürmekTurkish
  • поширюватисяUkrainian
  • پھیلاو, پھیلاؤUrdu
  • 传播Chinese

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