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Synonyms of spread in English:


  • 1 he fetched the map and spread it out on the table
    [Antonyms] fold up
  • 2 the spectacular landscape spread out below
    extend, stretch, open out, be displayed, be exhibited, be on show;
  • 3 Harry gestured at the untidy papers spread all over his desk
  • 4 disaffection with his policies is spreading
    grow, increase, escalate, advance, develop, broaden, expand, widen, proliferate, mushroom;
    Medicine  metastasize
  • 5 Ballard started to spread rumours about him
    literary bruit about/abroad
    [Antonyms] suppress
  • 6 she spread cold cream on her face
    smear, daub, plaster, slather, lather, apply, put;
    smooth, rub
  • 7 a thick slice of bread liberally spread with butter
    cover, coat, layer, daub, smother;
  • 8 a row of candles spread a brilliant pool of light
    cast, diffuse, shed, radiate
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  • 1 the spread of learning
    expansion, proliferation, extension, growth, mushrooming, increase, escalation, buildout, advance, advancement, development;
    dissemination, diffusion, transmission, propagation
  • 2 the male's antlers can attain a spread of six feet
    span, width, extent, stretch, reach
  • 3 the immense spread of the heavens
    expanse, area, sweep, stretch
  • 4 papers on a wide spread of subjects
    range, span, spectrum, sweep;
  • 5North American a patchwork spread
    bedspread, bedcover, cover, coverlet, throw, afghan;
    British  eiderdown;
    North American  comforter
    dated counterpane
  • 6 informal his mother laid on a huge spread
    large/elaborate meal, feast, banquet, repast
    informal blowout, nosh
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