From Middle English overspreden, from Old English ofersprǣdan, corresponding to over- +‎ spread. Cognate with Dutch overspreiden ‎(to overspread), German überspreiten ‎(to overspread).



overspread ‎(third-person singular simple present overspreads, present participle overspreading, simple past and past participle overspread)

  1. (transitive) To spread over or across (something); cover over; be scattered over; permeate, overrun.
    • Drayton
      those nations of the North which overspread the world
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 289:
      Deliberately, and with a peculiar quivering smile, that seemed to overspread her whole body, she put her mouth on his.
  2. (intransitive) To be spread or scattered about.
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