spread out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyspread out
he/she/itspreads out
present participlespreading out
past tensespread out
past participlespread out
  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.

See also main entry: spread