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English definition of “spread”

spread

verb [I or T] uk   /spred/ (spread) us  
B2 to (cause to) cover, reach, or have an effect on a wider or increasing area: The fire spread very rapidly because of the strong wind. It started off as cancer of the liver but it spread to other areas of the body. The redundancies are spread across the banking and building industries. We spread the picnic rug out on the ground and sat down to eat. The virus is spread (= given to other people) through contact with blood and other body fluids. Are you spreading (= telling a lot of people) gossip/rumours again? If we spread (= divide) the work between us, it won't seem so bad. She spread her toast with a thick layer of butter./She spread a thick layer of butter on her toast. It's a special sort of butter that spreads easily even when cold. The suburbs spread (out) for miles to either side of the city. Slowly a smile spread across her face.

spread

noun uk   /spred/ us  

spread noun (AREA COVERED)

B2 [S] the development or growth of something so that it covers a larger area or affects a larger number of people: The spread of the disease in the last few years has been alarming. [S] the area or range covered by something: The survey found a wide spread of opinion over the proposed new building. [C] a large article or advertisement covering one or more pages in a newspaper or magazine: There's a double-page spread on the latest fashions.

spread noun (SOFT FOOD)

[C or U] a soft food for putting on bread and biscuits: cheese/chocolate/fish spread There's bread and various spreads for tea.

spread noun (LAND)

[C] US for ranch

spread noun (MEAL)

[C] UK old-fashioned or US a meal, especially one for a special occasion with a lot of different dishes arranged on a table: Sheila laid on (= made) a magnificent spread for us.

spread noun (DIFFERENCE)

[C] the difference between two amounts, such as two prices or interest rates: The issue was priced at a spread of 115 basis points above Treasury bonds.
(Definition of spread from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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