spread out

verb
1. move outward (Freq. 6)
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The soldiers fanned out

Syn: ↑diffuse, ↑spread, ↑fan out
Derivationally related forms: ↑spread (for: ↑spread), ↑diffusion (for: ↑diffuse)
Hypernyms: ↑spread, ↑distribute
Hyponyms: ↑percolate, ↑creep, ↑run, ↑bleed, ↑mantle
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series (Freq. 2)
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the houses were strung out in a long row

Syn: ↑string out
Hypernyms: ↑arrange, ↑set up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

3. extend in one or more directions
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The dough expands

Syn: ↑expand
Ant: ↑contract (for: ↑expand)
Derivationally related forms: ↑expansible (for: ↑expand), ↑expandible (for: ↑expand), ↑expansive (for: ↑expand)
Hypernyms: ↑grow
Hyponyms: ↑dispread, ↑bush out
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

4. move away from each other
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The crowds dispersed

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The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached

Syn: ↑disperse, ↑dissipate, ↑scatter
Derivationally related forms: ↑scatter (for: ↑scatter), ↑scattering (for: ↑scatter), ↑dissipation (for: ↑dissipate), ↑dispersion (for: ↑disperse)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑part, ↑split
Hyponyms: ↑aerosolize, ↑aerosolise, ↑break, ↑volley
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

5. turn outward
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These birds can splay out their toes

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ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees

Syn: ↑turn out, ↑splay, ↑rotate
Derivationally related forms: ↑turnout (for: ↑turn out)
Hypernyms: ↑turn
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

6. strew or distribute over an area
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He spread fertilizer over the lawn

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scatter cards across the table

Syn: ↑spread, ↑scatter
Derivationally related forms: ↑scatter (for: ↑scatter), ↑scattering (for: ↑scatter), ↑spread (for: ↑spread), ↑spreader (for: ↑spread)
Hypernyms: ↑circulate, ↑pass around, ↑pass on, ↑distribute
Hyponyms: ↑manure, ↑muck, ↑birdlime, ↑lime, ↑circumfuse, ↑distribute
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

7. spread out or open from a closed or folded state
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open the map

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spread your arms

Syn: ↑unfold, ↑spread, ↑open
Ant: ↑fold (for: ↑unfold)
Derivationally related forms: ↑opening (for: ↑open)
Hypernyms: ↑undo
Hyponyms: ↑divaricate, ↑exfoliate, ↑grass, ↑butterfly, ↑uncross, ↑splay
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

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spread out [phrasal verb]
: to move apart from the other members of a group especially to search an area

The police spread out [=fanned out] to search the area faster.

— see also spread 1a, 4, 7 (above), 1
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Main Entry:spread

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ˌspread ˈout | ˌspread yourself ˈout derived
1. to stretch your body or arrange your things over a large area

There's more room to spread out in first class.

Do you have to spread yourself out all over the sofa?

2. to separate from other people in a group, to cover a larger area

The searchers spread out to cover the area faster.

Main entry:spreadderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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