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Definition of span verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they span
    he / she / it spans
    past simple spanned
    -ing form spanning
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  1. 1span something to last all through a period of time or to cover the whole of it His acting career spanned 55 years. Family photos spanning five generations were stolen.
  2. 2span something to include a large area or a lot of things The operation, which spanned nine countries, resulted in 200 arrests. His experience spanned not merely politics, but also business and journalism.
  3. 3span something to stretch right across something, from one side to the other synonym cross a series of bridges spanning the river The roof was spanned by curved ribs of steel.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: span