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spread

2 noun
     
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increase

[singular] when something affects or is known about by more people or involves a larger area [↪ increase]
spread of
an attempt to stop the spread of nuclear weapons
the rapid spread of cholera in Latin America
2

soft food

[uncountable and countable]DF
a) a soft substance made from vegetable oil that is used like butter:
one slice of toast with a low-fat spread
b) a soft food which you spread on bread
3

range

[singular] 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
4

area

[singular] the total area in which something exists:
the geographical spread of the company's hotels
5

double-page spread/centre spread

TCN 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.
6

large meal

[singular] informal a large meal for several guests on a special occasion:
Chris's mum laid on a huge spread.
7

hand/wings

[uncountable]HBP the area covered when the fingers of a hand, or a bird's wings, are fully stretched
8

bed cover

[countable] a bedspread
9

money

[countable] technicalBFS the difference between the prices at which something is bought and sold, or the interest rates for lending and borrowing money
spread between
the spread between the city banks' loan rates and deposit rates
10

sport

[singular] American English the number of points between the scores of two opposing teams:
a four-point spread
11

spread of land/water

an area of land or water
12

farm

[countable] American EnglishTA a large farm or ranch

➔ middle-aged spread

at middle-aged (3)

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