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spread

verb [I/T]  /spred/ us  

spread verb [I/T] (COVER)

(past tense and past participle spread) to cover or cause something to cover an object or an area: [T] Pianist Eubie Blake could spread his fingers over 20 keys. [M] She spread out the tablecloth. [I] I had toast spread with strawberry jam. [I] A strange look spread over his face.

spread verb [I/T] (MOVE)

to move from one place to another, or to cause something to move or be communicated: [I] The flames quickly spread to the next room. [I] Obesity is spreading in many countries. [I] Doctors fear the cancer may spread to other organs. [T] She’s been spreading lies about him. [T] Neighbors have been spreading the word (= communicating information) about the proposed building project.

spread

noun  /spred/ us  

spread noun (MOVEMENT)

[U] the process of moving to cover a larger area or to affect a larger number of people: Jazz records fostered the spread of American culture. More should be done to stop the spread of this disease.

spread noun (COVER)

[C] A spread is a cover for a bed. [C] A spread is also a soft food put on bread or other food: a cheese spread [C] A spread is also a meal, esp. one with a lot of different foods arranged on a table: This is quite a spread.
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