1 increase in amount or number of sth
good, great, wide
gradual, slow
geographical, global

The current survey will have a wider geographical spread.

encourage, promote

Such unhygienic conditions encourage the spread of disease.

halt, prevent, stem, stop, tackle
combat, contain, control, curb, limit, reduce, slow (esp. AmE)
spread of

the spread of fire

2 newspaper, magazine, etc.

A photograph of the star adorned the centre/center spread.

double, double-page (esp. BrE), two-page
five-page, 20-page, etc.
fashion, photo
be featured in a spread, feature in a spread

She is featured in spreads in Vogue.

Her work featured in a two-page spread in ‘New Woman’ magazine.

1 open sth so that you can see all of it

We spread the rug out on the floor.

across, on, over
spread sth open

He had a newspaper spread open on his knee.

spread your arms, legs, etc. out wide, spread your arms, legs, etc. wide

a bird with its wings spread wide

2 reach more people/wider area
fast, like wildfire, quickly, rapidly, soon

The news spread like wildfire.

gradually, slowly

The disease spreads easily.


Allow plenty of space for this plant as its roots spread widely.

far and wide

His fame had spread far and wide.

(all) across, among, around, beyond, by, from, into, (all) over, through, throughout, to

The effects of this policy spread far beyond children now at school.

The disease can be spread by contact.

The fire rapidly spread to adjoining buildings.

be thinly spread

Expertise in this field is very thinly spread across the country.

spread yourself too thin

With four markets to manage, there's a danger that's she's spreading herself too thin.

3 cover a surface with a soft substance
lightly, thinly

Don't make the paste too thick, or it will not spread evenly.


He spread marmalade on the toast.


Spread each slice generously with butter.

4 divide/share sth
equally, evenly, uniformly
try to
among, between

We tried to spread the workload evenly between the departments.


The course takes forty hours, spread over twenty weeks.

Spread is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑awareness, ↑blaze, ↑blood, ↑blush, ↑butter, ↑cancer, ↑crack, ↑discontent, ↑disease, ↑effect, ↑epidemic, ↑fame, ↑fire, ↑flame, ↑flush, ↑infection, ↑mosquito, ↑news, ↑panic, ↑plague, ↑rash, ↑religion, ↑revolt, ↑revolution, ↑ripple, ↑rumour, ↑sensation, ↑silence, ↑smile, ↑stain, ↑story, ↑strike, ↑violence, ↑virus, ↑war, ↑warmth, ↑weed, ↑word
Spread is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ash, ↑bread, ↑butter, ↑chocolate, ↑cost, ↑democracy, ↑disease, ↑faith, ↑fertilizer, ↑finger, ↑frosting, ↑germ, ↑gospel, ↑gossip, ↑hand, ↑HIV, ↑honey, ↑icing, ↑ideology, ↑infection, ↑influence, ↑investment, ↑jam, ↑jelly, ↑joy, ↑knowledge, ↑leg, ↑load, ↑manure, ↑margarine, ↑message, ↑misinformation, ↑mixture, ↑mustard, ↑myth, ↑net, ↑news, ↑palm, ↑panic, ↑plague, ↑poison, ↑pollen, ↑propaganda, ↑religion, ↑repayment, ↑risk, ↑rumour, ↑seed, ↑story, ↑teaching, ↑terror, ↑toast, ↑virus, ↑wealth, ↑wing, ↑word, ↑workload, ↑wreckage

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