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English definition of “spread”


noun [U] (MOVEMENT)   /spred/
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 .
(Definition of spread noun (MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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