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

Adjective The murders attracted nationwide attention.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But things changed after the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests last year. Author: Anne D'innocenzio, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2021 Independent polls show his popularity has dropped to its lowest point ever, in the wake of a devastating recession and a crackdown on critics following nationwide anti-government protests in 2018. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Last summer, in the wake of nationwide protests after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police, the world was forced to reckon with the inequalities plaguing Black America. Christopher Gray, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Moores positioned himself as the pro-police candidate compared to Stansbury's more reformative stance, reflecting national concerns about policing in the wake of killings of people of color by police and nationwide protests in favor of Black lives. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 One year after the murder of George Floyd and ensuing nationwide protests, amid continuing issues with police brutality, wounds are still raw. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Endeavor’s investment and a wave of efforts from Madison Avenue to diversify its ads and talent base follow the nationwide protests over the killing in police custody of George Floyd. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Downloads peaked in June 2020, during nationwide protests over police violence, Apptopia research says. NBC News, 2 June 2021 The president has called on Congress to pass police reform legislation in the wake of George Floyd's death last year, which led to nationwide protests against police brutality, and has taken steps unilaterally to address racial inequity. CBS News, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The film originally was scheduled to be released in June 2020, until the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas nationwide. Susan Dunne,, 10 June 2021 All told, there are 183 BIE schools and dormitories enrolling about 45,000 students — about 10% of Native students nationwide — many of whom live in rural communities with few educational alternatives. Alden Woods And Agnel Philip, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Starbucks introduced oat milk nationwide in March, as a new milk option to add to drinks as well as through new drinks such as the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Modi followed up with actions that officially and unofficially advantaged Hindus over Muslims nationwide. Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 While deaths from the virus in nursing homes have dropped more than 90 percent since December, about 200 people per week are still dying of Covid-19 in the facilities, comprising seven percent of all deaths from the virus nationwide. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Comparing births nationwide in 2019 and 2020 does indeed reveal a steady decline, with fewer births in 11 out of 12 months in 2020 compared to 2019. Sarah Halpern-meekin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 But, with vaccination rates nationwide appearing to have significantly reduced — but not eliminated — the threat of the virus, the standard released Thursday represents a half-measure. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling some infant rice cereal sold nationwide because samples of the product showed excessive levels of arsenic. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 9 June 2021

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1891, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Nationwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce nationwide (audio) \

Kids Definition of nationwide

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


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