Share this entry


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
    literarybruit 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
  • noun

    Back to top  
  • 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
  • 6 informal his mother laid on a huge spread
    large/elaborate meal, feast, banquet, repast
    informalblowout, nosh
  • Definition of spread in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources