na·tion·wide | \ˌnā-shən-ˈwīd \

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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The Six Corners store, which opened in 1938 in a $1 million building designed by Chicago architecture firm Nimmons, Carr & Wright, is one of the 529 Sears stores that were in operation nationwide as of May 5. Lauren Zumbach,, "Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday," 13 July 2018 Carpenter’s efforts over nearly 20 years followed much the same pattern, although the size of her proposals ballooned over the years, as did her outreach nationwide to potential investors. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Curtains for Carissa Carpenter: She pleads guilty in Dixon movie studio scheme," 12 July 2018 The 16-year-old has already put her stamp on golf, both in Arizona and nationwide. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is the next big thing to hit Arizona high school athletics," 12 July 2018 Of the more than 83,000 candidates seeking office nationwide, 50.4% were women. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Women Test Mexico’s ‘Macho’ Political Culture With Big Electoral Gains," 12 July 2018 For those of us who remember having more acne than friends in junior high, Bo Burnham's poignant coming-of-age comedy (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expanding nationwide throughout the summer) will feel all too real. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Why that disturbing #MeToo moment in 'Eighth Grade' has everyone talking," 12 July 2018 The seven companies — Arby’s, McDonald’s, Jimmy John’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl’s Jr., Auntie Anne’s, and Cinnabon — will remove these agreements from franchise employment contracts nationwide. Courtney Becker,, "Fast-food companies agree to end no-poaching agreements," 12 July 2018 About half of Cox Communications customers nationwide have access to gigabit Internet. Mike Freeman,, "Cox, Spectrum upgrade networks to bring gigabit Internet speeds to San Diego," 11 July 2018 Bee numbers have declined as much as 50 percent nationwide over the past few winters, and the reasons for that decline are not well understood. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Black men make up only 2 percent of teachers nationwide. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Next up for men of color? A place at the front of the classroom.," 28 June 2018 Online job advertisements were down nationwide in May, said the Conference Board. Phillip Molnar,, "San Diego County economy slows in May," 28 June 2018 Se Educa, an educational nonprofit group in Venezuela, estimated that in the first five months of 2018, 12 percent of teachers nationwide have quit. Belinda Soncini, miamiherald, "When Venezuelan teachers abandon low-pay jobs, parents are forced to become the teachers," 26 June 2018 While about 47 percent of white adults nationwide have earned some form of college degree, the percentages were lower for African-Americans and Latinos, 31 and 23 percent, respectively, the report found. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia gets mixed grades for college grad rates of black, Latino students," 14 June 2018 Police statistics, for instance, show that about 90 percent of the anti-Semitic cases nationwide are believed to have been carried out by followers of the far-right — traditionally the bastion of prejudice toward Jews in Germany. Washington Post, "After a refugee influx, does Germany have an imported anti-Semitism problem?," 28 Apr. 2018 Currently only 23 percent of dogs and 31 percent of cats in family homes nationwide come from an animal shelter or the humane society. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Empty the Shelters: Free nationwide pet adoption event set for May 5," 12 Apr. 2018 Available at select Gucci stores nationwide and Max Berlinger,, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 The protest was timed with other protests nationwide and is also meant to oppose Trump’s ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Thousands gathering coast-to-coast to protest Trump immigration policy," 30 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


na·tion·wide | \ˌnā-shən-ˈwīd \

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

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