na·​tion·​wide | \ ˌnā-shən-ˈwīd How to pronounce nationwide (audio) \

Definition of nationwide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extending throughout a nation



Definition of nationwide (Entry 2 of 2)

: throughout the nation

Examples of nationwide in a Sentence


The murders attracted nationwide attention.

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Each Perry Tech program is overseen by an advisory board of nationwide industry professionals that often act as a catalyst for new classes and programs. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 From nationwide programs to local school clubs, there are plenty of ways to support (and advocate for) girls in STEM. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 According to Qualcomm, a Chinese court ruled that several recent iPhone models infringe multiple Qualcomm software patents and has ordered a nationwide ban on iPhone sales. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwide," 10 Dec. 2018 The protests, triggered by the government’s sharp increase in fuel taxes, morphed into nationwide demonstrations against Mr. Macron’s policies. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France Weighs Reviving Wealth Tax in Bid to Placate ‘Yellow Vests’," 5 Dec. 2018 Popkin and Feldman had helped organize the Philadelphia rendition of the nationwide Writers Resist demonstration of January 2017, the weekend before the inauguration of President Trump. John Timpane,, "Nathaniel Popkin is a Philly author with a rare double play - two new books at once," 11 July 2018 Students in Parkland, Fla., who saw 17 people die in a Valentine's Day shooting, were the driving force behind the March for Our Lives, a nationwide demonstration in March to end gun violence. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Families Belong Together rally on immigration: What's next after the protests?," 30 June 2018 The deal hit a snag, however, when the city received a memo from Kapital Vice President Donald Butler saying Tesla was suspending its nationwide program indefinitely. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Tesla no longer bringing 39 vehicle chargers to Elgin," 28 June 2018 The lawsuit comes as the district faces scrutiny of its preschool programs and its recent decision to relinquish millions of federal dollars for Head Start, a nationwide program that serves lower-income children ages 3 or 4. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Parents allege abuse at JCPS preschool drastically changed daughter," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

City Councilman Brad Lander introduced legislation in February that would effectively abolish at-will employment in chain restaurants—those with 30 or more locations nationwide, whether corporate-owned or franchised. Michael Lotito And Michael Saltsman, WSJ, "Burger-Flipper Arbitrators," 28 Feb. 2019 Extrapolate that to 95 million homes nationwide, and the bill tops $400 billion. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Unrealistic Economics of the Green New Deal," 13 Feb. 2019 But that corresponded to similar declines in violent crime nationwide and included times when the city’s crime rates actually increased year-over-year, despite new fencing and walls. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "El Paso bristles at Trump’s claim that wall made city safe," 11 Feb. 2019 The Castleton Square Mall location is one of 63 Sears Holdings stores nationwide, and one of three in Indiana, that the company will shutter. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Sears to close sole Indianapolis location," 31 May 2018 With the destigmatization of weed spreading nationwide, Bierman, 36, and Modlin, 31, are seizing the moment in the manner of Jobs and Wozniak in the ’70s. Amanda Duarte, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide for the New Pot Elite," 14 Jan. 2019 Xfinity was the fastest broadband provider nationwide, followed by Verizon, according to Ookla. Rani Molla, Recode, "U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year," 12 Dec. 2018 In October, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled plans to incorporate facial scans nationwide and the FBI unlocked a suspect's iPhone using FaceID for the first time. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Can Anyone Stop Our Slide into Face-Scanning Dystopia?," 9 Nov. 2018 The survey of 1,994 registered voters nationwide had a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points. Abigail Simon, Time, "President Trump Says He Can Pardon Himself. Most Voters Disagree," 13 June 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nationwide

: including or involving all parts of a nation or country


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: extending throughout an entire country They experienced a nationwide drought.

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