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[oh-ver-spred] /ˌoʊ vərˈsprɛd/
verb (used with object), overspread, overspreading.
to spread or diffuse over:
A blush of embarrassment overspread his face.
Origin of overspread
before 1000; Middle English overspreden, Old English ofersprǣdan. See over-, spread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves.
  • Thunderstorms produced moderate to heavy freezing rain and some small hail as they overspread the southern third of the state.
  • Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine, tangled web-work from the eaves.
  • Use the minimum recommended amount and be sure not to overspread.
Word Origin and History for overspread

c.1200, "to spread throughout," from over- + spread (v.). Related: Overspread (past tense); overspreading. Old English had ofersprædan "to overlay, cover."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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