What does spread mean?

Definitions for spread
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word spread.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. spreadnoun

    The act of spreading or something that has been spread.

    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.

  2. spreadnoun

    An expanse of land.

    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.

  3. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  4. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  5. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  6. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  7. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  8. spreadnoun

    A numerical difference.

    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.

  9. spreadnoun

    The difference between the wholesale and retail prices.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  12. spreadverb

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

    I spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.

    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.

  13. spreadverb

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

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  16. spreadverb

    To smear, to distribute in a thin layer.

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

    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.

  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.

    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.

  18. spreadverb

    To open one's legs.

    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.

  19. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  20. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  21. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  22. spreadnoun

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

    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.

  23. spreadnoun

    The difference between bidding and asking price.

    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.

  24. spreadnoun

    The difference between the prices of two similar items.

    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.

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

Freebase

  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. spared

  2. rasped

  3. dreaps

  4. padres

  5. parsed

  6. spader

  7. drapes

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Numerology

  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. Summer Lee:

    I was doing the things in my community that these folks in The Pittsburgh DSA PAC wanted to spread around, we were doing electoral on a local level that people had not seen done.

  2. Joel Benenson:

    If you have documents you're going to release, why not do it all at once? Why spread it out?

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Today is Christmas day. And it does not really matter whether Jesus Christ was actually born today or not. That is to say, chronological accuracy has nothing to do with today's celebration. The fact is that a Grand Genius (Jesus Christ) had been born. Who preached the truth (the undiluted word of God). Guess what? the summary of his message was true love. And by the virtue of his message the world has become better. Oh! yes, Jesus Christ is the reason for this season. Thus, as we commemorate his birth. May we spread the peace, hope and true love that his birth brought to humanity. Merry Christmas. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Natalie Harvey:

    I thought that I might get a good reaction locally for my post, since New Orleanians are used to the awful road conditions here. I didn’t think it would spread across the country and even world! i guess construction delays are universal. I’m glad that I could make some people laugh after all of the frustrations of the last year.

  5. Phil Lesh & Friends:

    I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non-aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread, so thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.

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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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