[ 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.

Origin of bespread

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

Words Nearby bespread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bespread in a sentence

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

    Lachesis Lapponica | Carl von Linn
  • Cashmere, Bokarra and Khivan rugs bespread the marqueterie floors.

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

    The Magnetic North | Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

British Dictionary definitions for bespread


/ (bɪˈsprɛd) /

verb-spreads, -spreading or -spread
  1. (tr) to cover (a surface) with something

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