spread to (someone, something, or some place)

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spread to (someone, something, or some place)

1. To move, disperse, or be distributed to another thing or place. Contact me as soon as possible if the rash spreads to any other part of your body. We need to contain the oil spill before it spreads to the river.
2. To cause something to move, disperse, or be distributed to another person, place, or thing. I always put a knob of butter in the middle the toast, let it get soft, then spread it to the edges. Please cover your mouth when you sneeze, or you'll spread germs to everyone in the house!
3. Of a condition or state, to extend to and affect or engulf some other place. The movement gained a footing in France, then spread to other countries around the world. The rioting began in downtown L.A., but quickly spread to the rest of the city.
4. To cause some condition or state to reach, affect, or engulf some other place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "over." The senator said that we should be trying to spread democracy to every corner of the world. The regime began spreading war to its neighboring countries in a bid to control the entire region.
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spread to someone or something

to expand or extend to reach someone or something. The epidemic finally spread to me and my family. The business slowdown spread to the West Coast.
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In other words, it appears an investor is legging into a four-way, or selling a downside put spreads to buy roughly half as many upside call spreads.
"Consumers are looking for spreads to make a dull piece of bread or fruit taste better with a unique flavor profile," says Kim Holman, director of marketing at St.
The IMF, in its 09/ 2009 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) utilizes yield spreads to assess the effectiveness of the credit easing policies adopted by most of the central banks in the OECD countries to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis.
Create special end-cap displays of various garlic products from spreads to pickled garlic to garlic-flavored crackers.
Index responded by cutting their spreads to just one point.
Some 2 to 3 days later, a papular rash develops over the face and spreads to the extremities (Figure 1).
Lenders were immediately confronted with two facts: the loans that they were holding could be sold for substantially less than they expected, and new loans would require higher spreads to be profitable.
Limit orders may decrease in absolute terms, causing spreads to increase, but the decrease in the proportion of market orders to limit orders could cause an offsetting decrease in spreads, as fewer limit orders are being executed with market orders.
"If you use a carcinogen to produce a tumor in rats or mice, it rarely spreads to other organs."
Fluctuations in wholesale prices, coupled with relatively stable retail prices, cause spreads to vary.
Meanwhile, market leader Sporting Index claimed the sale of Ladbrokes Sporting Spreads to IG Index for an undisclosed sum "highlights the fact that spread betting does not fit naturally with the fixed-odds bookmaker".