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vb. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or greater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; - often accompanied by abroad. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table. To spread cloth, to unfurl sail.


Syn. - To diffuse; propagate; disperse; publish; distribute; scatter; circulate; disseminate; dispense.


 - vb. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or ...

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