- wide ► ADJECTIVE (wider, widest) 1) of great or more than average width. 2) (after a measurement and in questions) from side to side. 3) open to the full extent. 4) including a great variety of people or things. 5) spread among a large number or over a large area. 6) (in combination ) extending over the whole of: industry-wide. 7) at a considerable or specified distance from a point or mark. 8) (especially in football) at or near the side of the field.► ADVERB 1) to the full extent. 2) far from a particular point or mark. 3) (especially in football) at or near the side of the field.► NOUN (also wide ball) Cricket ▪ a ball that is judged to be too wide of the stumps for the batsman to play.● wide awake — Cf. ↑wide awake● wide of the mark — Cf. ↑wide of the mark● wide open — Cf. ↑wide openDERIVATIVES widely adverb wideness noun.ORIGIN Old English.
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Widely — Wide ly, adv. 1. In a wide manner; to a wide degree or extent; far; extensively; as, the gospel was widely disseminated by the apostles. [1913 Webster] 2. Very much; to a great degree or extent; as, to differ widely in opinion. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
widely — 1660s, from WIDE (Cf. wide) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
widely — wide|ly [ waıdli ] adverb *** 1. ) by a lot of people or in a lot of places: It is widely expected that the mayor will make an announcement this morning. He has traveled widely in North and South America. The drug is widely used in the treatment… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
widely — wide|ly W2 [ˈwaıdli] adv 1.) in a lot of different places or by a lot of people ▪ Organic food is now widely available. ▪ an author who had travelled widely in the Far East ▪ a widely used method ▪ These laws were widely regarded as too strict. ▪ … Dictionary of contemporary English
widely */*/*/ — UK [ˈwaɪdlɪ] / US adverb 1) by a lot of people, or in a lot of places It is widely expected that the Socialists will call early elections. Organic foods are now much more widely available. He has travelled widely in South America. a newspaper… … English dictionary
widely — adverb Date: 1579 1. over or through a wide area < has traveled widely > 2. to a great extent < departed widely from the previous edition > 3. by or among a large well dispersed group of people < a widely known political figure > 4. over a broad… … New Collegiate Dictionary
widely — /wuyd lee/, adv. 1. to a wide extent. 2. over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant. 3. by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist. 4. in many or various subjects, cases, etc.: to be widely read. 5. greatly, very much … Universalium
widely*/*/ — [ˈwaɪdli] adv 1) by a lot of people, or in a lot of places He has travelled widely in South America.[/ex] The drug is widely used in the treatment of cancer.[/ex] 2) by a large amount, or to a large degree widely different views[/ex] Prices vary… … Dictionary for writing and speaking English
widely — wide•ly [[t]ˈwaɪd li[/t]] adv. 1) to a wide extent 2) over a wide area: a widely distributed plant[/ex] 3) by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist[/ex] 4) in many subjects: to be widely read[/ex] 5) greatly or very: widely… … From formal English to slang
widely — /ˈwaɪdli/ (say wuydlee) adverb 1. to a wide extent. 2. over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant. 3. throughout a large number of persons: a professor who is widely known. 4. in many or various subjects, cases, etc.: to be widely read … Australian English dictionary
widely — adv. 1 to a wide extent; far apart. 2 extensively (widely read; widely distributed). 3 by many people (it is widely thought that). 4 considerably; to a large degree (holds a widely different view) … Useful english dictionary