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spread

noun
 
 
/spred/
[C] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE the difference between a trader’s buying price and selling price for particular shares, currencies, etc. → See also agio, bid-offer spread
[C] FINANCE the difference between two interest rates : a spread of sth The issue was priced at a spread of 115 basis points above Treasury bonds.
[S] a number of different things or people: If you do not need immediate access to your money, why not diversify into a wider spread of investments? a geographic/demographic spread
[S or U] an increase in effect or influence, so that something affects more people or places: the spread of sth Corporations have a crucial influence on the global spread of a homogenized culture.
[S] the different areas or numbers of people that are affected by something: Given the size and spread of the American economy, the whole world has an economic interest in the US.
[C] MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS an advertisement or article in a newspaper or magazine that covers two pages that are opposite each other: a double-page spreada spread on sth A magazine for Japanese businesspeople recently did a spread on the resort.
→ See also yield spread
(Definition of spread noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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