Translation of spread in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /spred/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado spread)

  • 1 (extend) 1.1 (in space) [arms/legs] extender*; [map/sails/wings] desplegar*; [fan] abrir* 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    1.2 (in time) the plan allows you to spread the cost over five years el plan le permite pagar el costo a lo largo de cinco años
  • 2 2.1 [paint/glue] extender*; [seeds/sand] esparcir* 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 2.2 [knowledge/news] difundir, propagar*, divulgar*; [influence] extender*; [rumor] hacer* correr, difundir; [disease] propagar*; [fear] sembrar*; [ideas/culture] diseminar, divulgar*, difundir she's not one to spread gossip (around) no es de las que andan con chismes to spread the word hacer* correr la voz
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    • 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.
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    • ‘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.
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    • 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) 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/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado spread)

  • 1 [disease] propagarse*; [fire/liquid] extenderse*; [ideas/culture] diseminarse, divulgarse*; [panic/fear] cundir; [influence/revolt] extenderse* 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
  • 2 (extend) 2.1 (in space) [plain/coast] extenderse* their empire spread from … to … su imperio se extendía desde … hasta … 2.2 (in time) extenderse* the period spreads over three years el período se extiende a lo largo de tres años
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    • 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.
  • 3 [butter/paint] extenderse*


  • 2 uncountable/no numerable 2.1 (of wings, sails) envergadura (feminine) 2.2 (range, extent) 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
  • 4 countable/numerable [Cookery/Cocina] 4.1 (meal) [colloquial/familiar] festín (masculine), banquete (masculine) 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
  • 5 countable/numerable [Journalism/Periodismo] [Printing/Imprenta] it was advertised in a double-page o two-page spread/a full-page spread venía anunciado a doble página/a plana entera

Phrasal verbs

spread out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (move apart) [troops] desplegarse* 1.2 (extend) extenderse*

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.