spread out

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spread out (third-person singular simple present spreads out, present participle spreading out, simple past and past participle spread out)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) Become further apart.
    The police spread out to search a wider area.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To place items further apart.
    Spread the cards out and then turn two of them over at random.

Usage notes[edit]

In the transitive sense 2, the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.


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