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bespread

[bih-spred]
verb (used with object), be·spread, be·spread·ing.
  1. to spread over (a surface); cover (usually followed by with): a table bespread with fine linens.
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Origin of bespread

First recorded in 1350–1400, bespread is from the Middle English word bespreden. See be-, spread
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Examples from the Web for bespread

Historical Examples

  • He got out the box of ointment and bespread the strips of torn handkerchief.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

  • The greater part of my way lay near the sea shore, which was bespread with the wrecks of vessels.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn


British Dictionary definitions for bespread

bespread

verb -spreads, -spreading or -spread
  1. (tr) to cover (a surface) with something
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Word Origin and History for bespread

v.

c.1200, from be- + spread (v.).

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