What does spread mean?

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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"


  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 one's 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.

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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. spread

    To cover a type of food with a layer of a food mixture or other food substance of a specific consistency.

    We spread jam and cream on our scones for tea. We love to spread jam on toast.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2015  

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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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  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. The CDC Staples:

    We knew it would spread.

  2. Annie McKee:

    Emotions spread like wildfire.

  3. Heidi Medema:

    As word spread through the shop.

  4. William Butler Yeats:

    I have spread my dreams under your feet

  5. English Proverb:

    Spread the table and contention will cease.

Images & Illustrations of spread

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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

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