- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
NAmE//spæn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they span
he / she / it spans
past simple spanned
-ing form spanning