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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Google is opening up its Project Fi nationwide wireless service to way more phones, including the hottest iPhones, Galaxy phones, and GSM-only Android phones of the year. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch," 28 Nov. 2018 Michelle Obama is continuing to bring back the pantsuit during the nationwide book tour for her memoir, Becoming. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Found the Perfect Accessory for Holiday Party Season," 26 Nov. 2018 However, that was stalled when a federal judge on July 31 granted a temporary nationwide injunction that prevented Defense Distributed from uploading the plans. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart," 10 Aug. 2018 But so would the other nationwide injunctions that contradicted Hanen. Dara Lind, Vox, "DACA is in a state of legal limbo. Now a Texas judge might rule to kill it.," 7 Aug. 2018 The appointment comes after a difficult period last year when a professor’s racially charged Facebook post caused an uproar and drew nationwide attention. Maya Moore,, "Trinity Appoints Vice President for Diversity, Equity And Inclusion," 6 June 2018 The children’s tragic plight gained nationwide attention on Friday after a touching photograph of Angela, 8, and Wyatt, 4, seeing each other for the first time went viral. Caitlin Keating,, "Siblings Who Survived Crash That Killed Parents & Baby Sister Recovering with Each Other's Support," 30 Apr. 2018 But some investors continue to bet that there’s room for at least one other nationwide provider in the fast-growing grocery delivery sector: Instacart, which has raised a new $600 million round of funding that values the startup at $7.6 billion. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Instacart’s new $7 billion valuation is a bet on the future of grocery delivery — not a wager against Amazon," 16 Oct. 2018 Using tools like social media to speak truth to power in real time creates a sense of nationwide community, and action, that my generation has never seen before. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabrielle Giffords and Edna Chavez Refuse to Be Silenced on Gun Control," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Content from his channel will be repackaged and distributed on Hulu and Amazon; Ryan also has a collection of toys and apparel sold at Walmart stores nationwide. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The one about Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal," 5 Dec. 2018 Moreover, the lure of a slightly cheaper gallon of E15 must be weighed against its slightly poorer gas mileage compared with the E10 now sold nationwide. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Ethanol’s Field of Dreams Gets More Real," 9 Oct. 2018 All of these factors, and more, likely worked together to bring crime down nationwide and especially in New York. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump’s nonsense comments about Chicago and stop and frisk," 9 Oct. 2018 All of these products were sold nationwide at Costco,Williams-Sonoma, and between April 2017 and July 2018. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Why 100K Vitamix Blending Containers Have Been Recalled," 13 Aug. 2018 The jellied log became available nationwide in 1941. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 The Washington Post also found that cable news stations similarly covered the fires at a disproportionately lower rate than other natural disasters nationwide. Rani Molla, Recode, "Recent East Coast hurricanes have gotten more media coverage than California wildfires," 21 Nov. 2018 Scott Living will feature indoor furniture, decor, textiles, and bedding, all of which will hit stores nationwide in Fall 2019. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Property Brothers Just Announced An Exclusive Collection With Kohl's," 25 Sep. 2018 Women make up 75 percent of leaders and membership in local chapters of Indivisible, an organization that's mobilized the resistance nationwide. Cecile Richards, Glamour, "Five Activists Criss-Crossed the Country to Hear from Women. Here's What They Learned.," 6 Nov. 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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