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English definition of “spread”


verb [I or T]     /spred/ (spread)
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 .Spreading and scattering
(Definition of spread verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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