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spreads

verb
present tense third-person singular of spread

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1 to cause to be known over a considerable area or by many people
  • spread the news!

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2 to put a layer of on a surface
  • we spread the fertilizer over the lawn evenly until it was fully covered

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3 to become known
  • once news of the war's end had spread, spontaneous celebrations broke out everywhere

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4 to cause (something) to pass from one to another
  • living conditions that help to spread chicken pox

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5 to go or move in different directions from a central point
  • the walls of the old barn spread under the weight of the snow on the roof

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6 to become greater in size, extent, volume, amount, or number
  • dissatisfaction with the new administration is spreading rapidly

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spreads

noun
plural of spread

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1 a decorative cloth used as a top covering for a bed
  • bought a brightly colored spread for summer

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2 a large fancy meal often accompanied by ceremony or entertainment
  • they really know how to put out a good spread

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3 a wide space or area
  • a vast spread of land just waiting to be settled

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4 the distance or extent between possible extremes
  • the spread of grades was from 15 to 79 on that quiz

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5 the space or amount of space between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
  • a spread of nearly 100 miles between farms

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“Spreads.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/spreads. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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