1 Often, spread out. diffuse, distribute, disperse, disseminate, broadcast, sow, scatter, strew, shed, dispel, dissipate:
Spread the mulch as evenly as possible to a depth of several inches.
2 Often, spread about or around. broadcast, publicize, make known, bruit about, air, televise, circulate, publish, distribute, disseminate, trumpet, announce, pronounce, promulgate, advertise, enounce, make public, tell the world, herald, repeat, recite:
Start spreading the news: I'm leaving today.
3 Often, spread out. unfold, draw out, display, stretch out, open out, extend, lay out, fan out, unroll, unfurl:
Please spread the cloth on the table.
4 Often, spread out. stretch (out), extend, protract, prolong, drag out, distribute, disperse:
The bank said I could spread the payments over twenty years.
5 Often, spread out. stretch, extend, separate, put apart or out, part:
He spread his arms and Lorna rushed into them.
6 grow, develop, increase, broaden, expand, extend, widen, enlarge, mushroom, proliferate, sprawl, branch out; metastasize:
To meet the demand for the pies, bakeries began to spread throughout the country. The cancer, unchecked, was bound to spread.
7 smear, apply, smooth, put, rub, cover, layer, plaster, plate, coat, wash, glaze, paint, varnish, overlay, overspread; cloak, mantle, swaddle, wrap, blanket:
I was careful to spread the paint evenly, avoiding streaks. When the cake has cooled, spread the chocolate icing over it.
8 spreading, extension, extending, expansion, expanding, enlargement, enlarging, development, developing, increase, increasing, proliferation, proliferating, broadening, growth, widening, mushrooming, dispersion, dispersal, dispersing, dissemination, disseminating, distribution, distributing, dispensation, dispensing:
The spread of the disease is uncontrolled. One of the functions of a university is to encourage the spread of knowledge.
9 extent, expanse, area, span, sweep, vastness, stretch, reach, breadth, depth, size, dimensions, compass, limits, bounds, boundary or boundaries:
As our craft accelerated past the moon, we were awed by the spread of empty space that lay before us.
10 range, extent, scope, span, difference:
There was too much of a spread between the cost and the selling price.
11 feast, banquet, meal, dinner, repast, barbecue; table; Colloq feed:
I have never seen a spread like the one laid on for the returning champions.
12 butter, margarine, jam, jelly, preserve, conserve, confiture, paste, US old-fashioned oleo:
What kind of spread do you like on your toast?
13 ranch, landholding, holding, property, place, plantation, farm, homestead, place:
His spread in Texas eventually amounted to 10,000 acres.
14 bedspread, counterpane, coverlet, bed-cover, cover, quilt, eiderdown, duvet, afghan, US comforter, US and Canadian throw:
Leave the spread off the bed, Carlotta, as I want to take a nap.