verb (used with object), spread, spread·ing.
verb (used without object), spread, spread·ing.
- the difference between the prices bid and asked of stock or a commodity for a given time.
- a type of straddle in which the call price is placed above and the put price is placed below the current market quotation.
- the difference between any two prices or rates for related costs: the widening spread between lending and borrowing costs.
- Stock Exchange.a broker's profit or the difference between his or her buying and selling price.
- any difference between return on assets and costs of liabilities.
Origin of spread
Synonyms for spread
Related Words for spreadadvance, escalation, transmission, advancement, dissemination, increase, proliferate, set, develop, extend, stretch, cover, lay, flow, escalate, spray, disperse, multiply, reach, expand
Examples from the Web for spread
Contemporary Examples of spread
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
The reality TV mogul bared her butt—and everything else, too—for Paper Magazine in a spread that sent Twitter into a tizzy.Kim Kardashian Cheekily Breaks the Internet
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of spread
Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The fame of the Nile valley must have spread at an early date.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Of course, we all like to play with fire, but I always put it out before it can spread.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We began the 19th century with a choice, to spread our nation from coast to coast.
When the news had spread, others came to join him, and he could not refuse.Way of the Lawless
verb spreads, spreading or spread
- to lay out (hay) in a relatively thin layer to dry
- to scatter (seed, manure, etc) over a relatively wide area
- the difference between the bid and offer prices quoted by a market maker
- the excess of the price at which stock is offered for public sale over the price paid for the same stock by an underwriter
- mainly USa double optionCompare straddle (def. 9)
- (of the lips) forming a long narrow aperture
- (of speech sounds) articulated with spread lips( iː ) in English "feel" is a spread vowel
Word Origin for spread
c.1200, "to stretch out, to send in various directions," probably from Old English -sprædan (especially in tosprædan "to spread out," and gesprædung "spreading"), from Proto-Germanic *spraidijanan (cf. Danish sprede, Old Swedish spreda, Middle Dutch spreiden, Old High German and German spreiten "to spread"), probably from PIE *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)). Reflexive sense of "to extend, expand" is attested from mid-14c.
1690s, "extent or expanse of something," from spread (v.). Meaning "copious meal" dates from 1822; sense of "food for spreading" (butter, jam, etc.) is from 1812. Sense of "bed cover" is recorded from 1848, originally American English. Meaning "degree of variation" is attested from 1929. Meaning "ranch for raising cattle" is attested from 1927.