Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.more
UN leaders hope to prevent the fighting from spreading.
Rain will spread from the west this evening.
Anti-globalization protests spread rapidly across the globe.
Within less than an hour, the fire had spread to the fuel stores.
She heard a shot, then saw a dark-red stain spreading across his shirt.
Cholera spread quickly through the refugee camp.
Soldiers returning from the war soon spread the disease through most of the region.
a computer virus that spread rapidly through users' email systems
Butter spreads more easily when it hasn't been in the fridge.
Maureen spread jam on her toast.
First, spread the bread with mayonnaise.
We will bring in extra staff to spread the workload.
Someone has been spreading nasty rumours about Stella's private life.
This is the British English definition of spread. View American English definition of spread.