spread out

Meaning: If a group of people spread out, they move apart so that there's more space between them.

Synonym: fan out

For example:

  • spread out The searchers spread out and began looking for clues in the grass on the hillside.

  • spread out If the dancers spread out more, they wouldn't bump into each other so much.

Quick Quiz:

If we spread out more, we would cover

a. less area

b. more area

c. a smaller area

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Contributor: Matt Errey