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I/you/we/theyspread out
he/she/itspreads out
present participlespreading out
past tensespread out
past participlespread out

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if people in a group spread out, they move away from one another so that they cover a large area
    Let’s spread out more and search the whole field.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to separate things that were together and put them separately on a surface
    We spread our papers out on the table.
  3. 3
    [transitive] same as spread1 (sense 3)
    Spread out the map so we can all see it.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to cover a large area of land that you can see in front of you
    She gazed at the sprawling city spread out below her.
  5. 5
    [transitive] [usually passive] to put people in many parts of a large area
    The peacekeeping forces are now spread out over most of the country.
  6. 6
    [transitive] [usually passive] same as spread1
    The students felt the course would be better if it was spread out over two years instead of one.
  7. 7
    [transitive] same as spread1 (sense 8)
    He spread out his toes in the soft sand and wiggled them.
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