spread out

phrasal verb
spread out; spreading out; spreads out

Definition of spread out

1 : to open, arrange, or place (something) over a large area He spread out the map on the table. He spread the cards out on the table. The cards were spread out across the table.
2 : to be open, arranged, or extended over a large area The city is spread out over a wide area.
3 : to move (parts of the body) outward or away from each other Spread your arms out. There's no room on the couch to spread yourself out.
4 : to divide up (something) over a period of time or among members of a group They spread the work out among the committee members. The course is spread out over two semesters.
5 : to move apart from the other members of a group especially to search an area The police spread out to search the area faster.

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“Spread out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spread%20out. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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