over·​spread ˌō-vər-ˈspred How to pronounce overspread (audio)
overspread; overspreading

transitive verb

: to spread over or above
overspread noun

Examples of overspread in a Sentence

the butter should evenly overspread the baking pan autumn leaves overspreading one another on the lawn to form a colorful mosaic
Recent Examples on the Web This simulated radar loop from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh computer model depicts precipitation overspreading Central California this afternoon. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 6 May 2024 Much cooler air will also begin to overspread the state during this time. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Expect these warmer temperatures to begin overspreading the Ohio Valley and Mid-South, with at least above normal temperatures reaching the East Coast. Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 22 Dec. 2023 Snow will begin to wind down across the Cascades on Thursday, but will overspread portions of the northern Plains as the storm treks east. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 23 Oct. 2023 Current radar indicates snow is on track to overspread much of western MA & CT through 9-10 pm...into RI by 10-11 pm...and finally across eastern MA between 11 pm & 1 am. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2023 Widespread rain will overspread North Texas as colder air also arrives. Dallas News, 23 Jan. 2023 Clouds will overspread North Texas by early Saturday. Dallas News, 27 Jan. 2023 As that storm approaches, rain will overspread the area, especially later this evening. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overspread was before the 12th century

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“Overspread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspread. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


over·​spread -ˈspred How to pronounce overspread (audio)
overspread; overspreading
: to spread over or above
branches overspreading a garden path

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