when something affects or is known about by more people or involves a larger area [↪ increase]
soft food[uncountable and countable]DF
a soft substance made from vegetable oil that is used like butter:
one slice of toast with a low-fat spread
a soft food which you spread on bread
a range of people or things
wide/broad/good spread of something
We have a good spread of ages in the department.
a broad spread of investments
the total area in which something exists:
the geographical spread of the company's hotels
a special article or advertisement in a newspaper or magazine, which covers two pages or covers the centre pages:
There's a double-page spread in Sunday's paper.
a large meal for several guests on a special occasion:
large meal[singular] informal
Chris's mum laid on a huge spread.
the area covered when the fingers of a hand, or a bird's wings, are fully stretched
the difference between the prices at which something is bought and sold, or the interest rates for lending and borrowing money
the spread between the city banks' loan rates and deposit rates
the number of points between the scores of two opposing teams:
sport[singular] American English
a four-point spread
an area of land or water
a large farm or ranch