The newspaper was spread across his lap.
Her notes were spread all over the desk.
Help me spread the cloth on the table.
We spread fertilizer on our yard.
The seeds are spread by wind, birds, and animals.
The fire spread quickly through the building.
The cancer has spread to her throat.
The use of computer technology has spread into all fields of work.
The odor spread throughout the room.
The fashion quickly spread from France to England. Noun
She offered crackers and a cheese spread.
He uses low-fat spread on his toast. See More
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The organization touches lives in 80 countries around the world building houses for the homeless, helping farmers in developing nations, training nurses, and eradicating Guinea worm disease, a debilitating parasitic infection spread by drinking water contaminated with the worm's larvae.—M.l. Nestel, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2023 From there, the fruit spread throughout the U.S. Northeast and Upper Midwest.—Serina Desalvio, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2023 Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a black-legged tick.—Linda Carroll, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 Social media platforms are struggling to keep up with the influx of misinformation, antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech that has spread following the start of the Israel-Hamas war.—Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 The Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish civil-rights organization, has previously accused Musk of allowing antisemitism and hate speech to spread on the platform and amplifying the messages of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who want to ban the group.—Kelvin Chan, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Parks officials said that since the mid-1980s, the fatal brain disease has spread across Wyoming and is now found in most of the state.—Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023 Micheaux has since turned to TikTok to share her story and spread awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning.—Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 But during the last decade, the infection has spread to more heterosexual men and women.—Aria Bendix, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023
Throughout the spread, a pair of gray sweatpants or a bath towel tucked at his hips provide the most coverage.—Vulture, 15 Nov. 2023 The high incidence of violence before and after 2018, and its geographic spread, indicates that no easy starting point can be drawn for crimes that deserve accountability.—Patrick Vinck, Foreign Affairs, 15 Nov. 2023 With ample space to serve up a delicious and gorgeous spread, this board set comes with everything needed for your host friends to create the charcuterie of their dreams.—Molly Menning, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 More than 500 people — including children and staff — are being tested, as the window for exposure to the infectious patient spreads from late May to October.—Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 It can be credited with the rapid spread of VCRs, cable, and the Internet—and with several important Web technologies.—Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Every vessel of Vegemite, the spread beloved in Australia and not so much outside it, has for the past 80 years begun its journey here.—Natasha Frost Abigail Varney, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 Serve bottomless Champagne and mimosas, with an indulgent spread of yogurt parfaits, French toast, and Eggs Benedict.—Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2023 In the spread shot by Norman Jean Roy, Nicki is styled by Max Ortega in a variation of looks which include pieces by Alexander McQueen, Vetements, Ferragamo, and Marc Jacobs.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English spreden, from Old English -sprǣdan; akin to Old High German spreiten to spread
: the difference between any two prices for similar articles
the spread between the list price and the market price of an article
: the difference between the highest and lowest prices of a product or security for a given period
: the difference between bid and asked prices (as of a stock)
: a simultaneous put option and call option in which the put price and the call price differ so that no profit is made unless the price falls below or rises above the put or call price respectively by more than enough to cover the cost of the option
also: the difference between the put price and call price
: a transaction in which a participant hedges with simultaneous long and short options in different commodities or different delivery dates in the same commodity
: an arbitrage transaction operated by buying and selling simultaneously in two markets when there is an abnormal difference in price between the two markets
also: the difference in price
: the difference between the yields on investments in fixed-income securities equal in quality but with different maturity dates or with the same maturity dates but unequal quality