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American English: /sprɛd/
British English: /sprɛd/

Translation of spread in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle spread

  • 1 (extend) 1.1 (in space)
    the peacock spread its tail
    el pavo real desplegó la cola or hizo la rueda
    I like to have room to spread myself
    me gusta tener espacio para estar a mis anchas
    Example sentences
    • During such occasions it is usually the flag dancer who handles the flag or explains it in the presence of others in the company, who may help him spread it out.
    Example sentences
    • And both men, talking to Marion, make a long, strong movement with their hands - Sam spreads both arms wide to agree with her, Norman's right arm will reach to a small, stuffed, nocturnal bird.
    • At times, Adamma leapt up in the air with knees still bent and spread her arms wide.
    • To make a roll, spread the fingers of the opposite hand wide apart and make them rigid.
    1.2 (in time) See examples:the plan allows you to spread the cost over five years
    el plan le permite pagar el costo a lo largo de cinco años
    Example sentences
    • In fairness, he spreads his venom equally between her and the other subjects of his book.
    • Splitting the gig up into an acoustic and an electric set gave them the opportunity to spread the gig over two hours.
  • 2 2.1
    to spread butter on a piece of toast
    untar una tostada con mantequilla
    ponerle mantequilla a una tostada
    the papers were spread all over the desk
    los papeles estaban esparcidos por todo el escritorio
    our resources are thinly spread
    hemos tenido que estirar nuestros recursos al máximo
    she has spread herself too thinly
    ha tratado de abarcar demasiado
    hacer correr
    she's not one to spread gossip (around)
    no es de las que andan con chismes
    to spread the word
    hacer correr la voz
    Example sentences
    • There is merely an earnest desire to spread some Yuletide fun and to tell a straightforward story of devotion, determination, and delight.
    • I just think it really spreads the word for our designs.
    • Already people are volunteering to work with him on it, and once word spreads it seems likely that Johnnie will have more cast and crew than he knows what to do with.
    Example sentences
    • ‘The wider the coverage, the less light the bulb projects because you are spreading the same amount of output over a larger area,’ explained Scott.
    • Frequently observed in connection with cabin groups is a tendency to spread the effects of their presence over a needlessly large area.
    • The living quarters and studio spaces are spread around these two main parts.
    Example sentences
    • The 3D printer spreads one thin layer of powder over the print bed, then passes over the powder just as an inkjet printer head passes over paper.
  • 3 (cover) See examples: to spread a piece of toast with butter
    untar una tostada con mantequilla
    ponerle mantequilla a una tostada
    spread the surface thickly with adhesive
    unte or embadurne la superficie con abundante pegamento
    aplique abundante pegamento sobre la superficie

intransitive verb past tense & past participle spread

  • 1
    the news spread like wildfire
    la noticia corrió como un reguero de pólvora
    the fashion spread across the entire continent o throughout the continent
    la moda se extendió por todo el continente
    the plague spread to Europe
    la plaga se extendió a Europa
    Example sentences
    • Belly hair spreads over the area between belly-button and top pants button.
    • This invasive weed from southeast Asia covers more than 7 million U.S. acres and spreads across about 120,000 more each year.
    • Disease then develops in the stalk and rapidly spreads up the stalk and into the leaves.
  • 2 (extend) 2.1 (in space)
    their empire spread from … to …
    su imperio se extendía desde … hasta …
    2.2 (in time)
    the period spreads over three years
    el período se extiende a lo largo de tres años
  • 3


  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (of wings, sails) 2.2 (range, extent) See examples: a broad spread of opinion
    un amplio abanico or espectro de opiniones
    five schools have been chosen, to give a representative spread
    para ofrecer una muestra representativa, se han tomado cinco colegios
    Example sentences
    • The planting hole should be larger than the spread of the root mass.
  • 4 countable (Cookery) 4.1 (meal) [colloquial] what a marvelous spread
    ¡qué festín or banquete más espléndido!
    4.2 (paste)
    (pasta para extender sobre pan, tostadas etc)
    cheese spread
    queso (masculine) cremoso para untar
    sardine spread
    pasta (feminine) de sardinas
    Example sentences
    • Several others are use patents for direct incorporation into human foods as ingredients or spreads.
    • The cheese might be intended for individual slices, blocks or loaves for shredding, spreads, sauces, fillings, pastes or as industrial food ingredients.
    • In the spreads category, Lactoprot is developing upscale, high-end flavor profiles with cheese spreads in flavor combinations such as pepper and bacon or cheddar and smoked turkey.
  • 5 countable (Journalism, Printing)it was advertised in a double-page o two-page spread/a full-page spread
    venía anunciado a doble página/a plana entera
    Example sentences
    • Running as part of an extensive magazine spread, the newspaper speculated that Foster was about to become Britain's first sidewalk surfing tycoon.
    • The book dummies, storyboards, jacket covers, and double page spreads were proudly displayed, still smelling strongly of glue and fixatives.
    • And then we see Double Game's final two pages: a color spread of Calle's smile.

Phrasal verbs

spread out

verb + adverb
1.1 (move apart)
1.2 (extend)

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