overspread

[oh-ver-spred]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·spread, o·ver·spread·ing.
  1. to spread or diffuse over: A blush of embarrassment overspread his face.

Origin of overspread

before 1000; Middle English overspreden, Old English ofersprǣdan. See over-, spread
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Word Origin and History for overspread
v.

c.1200, "to spread throughout," from over- + spread (v.). Related: Overspread (past tense); overspreading. Old English had ofersprædan "to overlay, cover."

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