Spread out – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. If people or things are spread out, they are not close together.

Examples of use:

a) The tourists were spread out over the whole beach.

b) Her study books were spread out over her desk and all over the office floor.

2. If a group of people spread out they move away from each other so that there is a bigger space between them and they cover a wider area.

Example of use:

a) The police officers spread out so that they could search the field for clues.

3. To spread out something (or spread something out) is to open out something that was folded and lay it flat on a surface such as a table, or the ground.

Examples of use:

a) They spread the map out on the bonnet of their car, and looked for the correct route.

b) This looks like a nice place for a picnic. You spread out the blanket and I’ll get the food from the car.

c) When we go on holiday we like to get up early and spread our towels out by the swimming pool.

spread out
present simple
spread out and spreads out
-ing form
spreading out
past simple
spread out
past participle
spread out

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