What does the term 'spread' mean?

1 a: to open or expand over a larger area <spread out the map> b: to stretch out : extend <spread its wings for flight>2 a: to distribute over an area <spread fertilizer> b: to distribute over a period or among a group <spread the work over a few weeks> c: to apply on a surface <spread butter on bread> d (1): to cover or overlay something with <spread the cloth on the table> (2)archaic : to cover completely e (1): to prepare or furnish for dining : set <spread the table> (2): serve <spread the afternoon tea>3 a: to make widely known <spread the news> b: to extend the range or incidence of <spread a disease> c: diffuse, emit <flowers spreading their fragrance>4: to push apart by weight or forceintransitive verb1 a: to become dispersed, distributed, or scattered b: to become known or disseminated <panic spread rapidly>2: to grow in length or breadth : expand3: to move apart (as from pressure or weight) : separate

1 a: the act or process of spreading b: extent of spreading2: something spread out: as a: a surface area : expanse b (1): a ranch or homestead especially in the western United States (2)West : a herd of animals c (1): a prominent display in a periodical (2): two facing pages (as of a newspaper) usually with matter running across the fold; also : the matter occupying these pages3: something spread on or over a surface: as a: a food to be spread (as on bread or crackers) <a cheese spread> b: a sumptuous meal : feast c: a cloth cover for a table or bed4: distance between two points : gap5: a commodities market transaction in which a participant hedges with simultaneous long and short options in different commodities or different delivery dates in the same commodity
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It means different things in various contexts;

Spead butter on bread.

Spead germs in society.

Spread rumors.

Spread 'em.

Spread good cheer wherever he goes.
Need the context of the sentence first.

Spread the butter

A disease has spread

etc ...
Depends on how you use it.. if it's a verb or a noun.
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there are many meanings:
spread /sprɛd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[spred] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, spread, spread·ing, noun, adjective
–verb (used with object) 1. to draw, stretch, or open out, esp. over a flat surface, as something rolled or folded (often fol. by out).
2. to stretch out or unfurl in the air, as folded wings, a flag, etc. (often fol. by out).
3. to distribute over a greater or a relatively great area of space or time (often fol. by out): to spread out the papers on the table.
4. to display or exhibit the full extent of; set out in full: He spread the pots on the ground and started hawking his wares.
5. to dispose or distribute in a sheet or layer: to spread hay to dry.
6. to apply in a thin layer or coating: to spread butter on a slice of bread.
7. to overlay or cover with something: She spread the blanket over her knees.
8. to set or prepare (a table), as for a meal.
9. to extend or distribute over a region, place, period of time, among a group, etc.
10. to send out, scatter, or shed in various directions, as sound, light, etc.
11. to scatter abroad; diffuse or disseminate, as knowledge, news, disease, etc.: to spread the word of the gospel.
12. to move or force apart: He spread his arms over his head in surrender.
13. to flatten out: to spread the end of a rivet by hammering.
14. Phonetics. a. to extend the aperture between (the lips) laterally, so as to reduce it vertically, during an utterance.
b. to delabialize. Compare round (def. 57c), unround.

–verb (used without object) 15. to become stretched out or extended, as a flag in the wind; expand, as in growth.
16. to extend over a greater or a considerable area or period: The factory spread along the river front.
17. to be or lie outspread or fully extended or displayed, as a landscape or scene.
18. to admit of being spread or applied in a thin layer, as a soft substance: Margarine spreads easily.
19. to become extended or distributed over a region, as population, animals, plants, etc.
20. to become shed abroad, diffused, or disseminated, as light, influences, rumors, ideas, infection, etc.
21. to be forced apart, as the rails of a railroad track; separate.
–noun 22. an act or instance of spreading: With a spread of her arms the actress acknowledged the applause.
23. expansion, extension, or diffusion: the spread of consumerism.
24. the extent of spreading: to measure the spread of branches.
25. Finance. a. the difference between the prices bid and asked of stock or a commodity for a given time.
b. a type of straddle in which the call price is placed above and the put price is placed below the current market quotation.
c. the difference between any two prices or rates for related costs: the widening spread between lending and borrowing costs.
d. Stock Exchange. a broker's profit or the difference between his or her buying and selling price.
e. any difference between return on assets and costs of liabilities.

26. capacity for spreading: the spread of an elastic material.
27. a distance or range, as between two points or dates: The long-distance movers planned a five-day spread between pickup and delivery.
28. a stretch, expanse, or extent of something: a spread of timber.
29. a cloth covering for a bed, table, or the like, esp. a bedspread.
30. Informal. an abundance of food set out on a table; feast.
31. any food preparation for spreading on bread, crackers, etc., as jam or peanut butter.
32. Aeronautics. wingspan.
33. Also called layout. Journalism. (in newspapers and magazines) an extensive, varied treatment of a subject, consisting primarily either of a number of cuts (picture spread) or of a major story and several supplementary stories, usually extending across three or more columns. Compare double truck.
34. an advertisement, photograph, article, or the like, covering several columns, a full page, or two facing pages of a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.: a full-page spread; a two-page spread.
35. two facing pages, as of a newspaper, magazine, or book.
36. landed property, as a farm or ranch.
37. lay1 (def. 40).
38. point spread.
–adjective 39. Jewelry. (of a gem) cut with the table too large and the crown too shallow for maximum brilliance; swindled.
40. Phonetics. (of the opening between the lips) extended laterally. Compare rounded (def. 2), unrounded.
—Idiom41. spread oneself thin, to carry on so many projects simultaneously that none is done adequately, or that one's health suffers: Many college students spread themselves thin by taking on too many activities during the semester.
The term can be used in a variety of contexts. For instance, it was a sexual term when I was in high school. Other uses related to sandwich spread, diversification, communication, distribution, etc.

One would need more information in order to answer the question.
to make something cover a wide area.

You can do this with a lot of things but they all mean the same thing

spread butter
spread the flu
spread your legs
lay out a good spread (food)
spread a rumour
spread thin (to make it go further)

Whatever it is, whether it is gossip, or germs, or your legs, or food, or butter you are making it reach out to many or covering a wide area.

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