"spreads" in the noun sense
1. spread, spreading
process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
2. gap, spread
a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
"gap between income and outgo"
"the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
3. ranch, spread, cattle ranch, cattle farm
farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
4. scatter, spread
a haphazard distribution in all directions
5. spread, paste
a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes
6. banquet, feast, spread
a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
"a banquet for the graduating seniors"
"the Thanksgiving feast"
"they put out quite a spread"
7. spread, spread head, spreadhead, facing pages
two facing pages of a book or other publication
the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age
"she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"
9. bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane, spread
decorative cover for a bed
10. spread, spreading
act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
"spreads" in the verb sense
1. spread, distribute
distribute or disperse widely
"The invaders spread their language all over the country"
2. spread, propagate
become distributed or widespread
"the infection spread"
"Optimism spread among the population"
3. spread, overspread
spread across or over
"A big oil spot spread across the water"
4. unfold, spread, spread out, open
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
"open the map"
"spread your arms"
5. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around
cause to become widely known
"circulate a rumor"
"broadcast the news"
6. go around, spread, circulate
become widely known and passed on
"the rumor spread"
"the story went around in the office"
7. spread, scatter, spread out
strew or distribute over an area
"He spread fertilizer over the lawn"
"scatter cards across the table"
8. diffuse, spread, spread out, fan out
"The soldiers fanned out"
cover by spreading something over
"spread the bread with cheese"
distribute over a surface in a layer
"spread cheese on a piece of bread"
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