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Definition of 'spread out'


  1. move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
       Synonyms: diffuse spread fan out
  2. set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series; "the houses were strung out in a long row"
       Synonyms: string out
  3. strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
       Synonyms: spread scatter
  4. extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands"
       Synonyms: expand
       Antonyms: shrink contract
  5. turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
       Synonyms: turn out splay rotate
  6. move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
       Synonyms: disperse dissipate scatter
  7. spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
       Synonyms: unfold spread open
       Antonyms: fold fold up turn up

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