spread verb definition in Ailments and diseases topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

spread

 verb: Ailments and diseases topic
[intransitive, transitive] to affect or make something affect, be known by, or be used by more and more people (+ adv./prep.) The disease spreads easily. Within weeks, his confidence had spread throughout the team. Use of computers spread rapidly during that period. spread something to spread rumours/lies about somebody The disease is spread by mosquitoes.