spread out

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Verb[edit]

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.

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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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Adjective[edit]

spread out (comparative more spread out, superlative most spread out)

  1. Far apart, not close to each other - far apart, extended over an expanse of space or time.
    • 2000, Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, →ISBN:
      In other words, space is very empty, and particles are very spread out.
    • 2007, Carolyn C. Wise & ‎Stephanie Hauser, The Business School Buzz Book, →ISBN, page 90:
      It is extremely time-consuming to use public transportation and the restaurants and dining are very spread out.
    • 2014, William W. Johnstone, Warriors from the Ashes, →ISBN:
      The plague is spread person to person, so if the people are very spread out, fewer of them will come in contact with those afflected by the plague.
  2. Covering a wide area of space or long period of time.
    • 2006, Michael Clancy & ‎Anna Clancy, A User's Guide to Saskatchewan Parks, →ISBN, page 69:
      The park is very spread out, with two core areas approximately 1.5 km apart, and the trailer dump station almost 2 km away near the park entrance.
    • 2007, Yukio Noguchi & ‎James M. Poterba, Housing Markets in the United States and Japan, →ISBN, page 133:
      As a result, U.S. cities have become very spread out and cover a great deal of land.
    • 2009, Frederick J. Gravetter & ‎Larry B. Wallnau, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, →ISBN, page 285:
      The t distribution tends to be flatter and more spread out, whereas the normal z distribution has more of a central peak.
    • 2011, Cat Schmidt, Peripheral Vision, →ISBN, page 1:
      If you live in or around Houston you cannot survive without wheels. The city is very spread out and continues to sprawl outward and consume more and more real estate.

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