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 Kaiser blames a nationwide shortage of mental healthcare practitioners. Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Campus counseling centers are also grappling with the nationwide talent shortage of clinicians. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 30 July 2022 PBS NewsHour reports: The nationwide baby formula shortage is now in its sixth month. James Freeman, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Many gay men throughout Chicago have reported difficulty in securing vaccination as cities across the country grapple with a nationwide shortage of doses. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 Which product remains difficult to find in many US stores due to a nationwide shortage? Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 22 July 2022 The closure led to a nationwide formula shortage, which continues even though the plant reopened in June. Laura Reiley,, 20 July 2022 The closure led to a nationwide formula shortage, which continues even though the plant reopened in June. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Lee's father described Lee as a hard worker and said his son was working to increase access to baby formula during the current nationwide shortage. Briana Alvarado, ABC News, 18 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There are also only 3,400 Native American physicians nationwide, according to the American Medical Association. Amanda Su, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 The industry organization surveyed 759 of its members in May – which is about 5% of nursing homes nationwide – and found that most had taken several steps to improve recruitment and retention. Jayme Fraser, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 But the feature wasn’t available nationwide in the US. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Aug. 2022 After the governor signed the bill in March, Oklahoma was the 13th state nationwide to enact such a bill. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 29 July 2022 Nope is now in theaters nationwide, and the new game show Password will have a two-night premiere on Tuesday, August 9 at 10pm EST and Wednesday, August 10 at 9pm EST. Okla Jones, Essence, 28 July 2022 There were 100,306 drug overdose deaths nationwide during a 12-month period ending in April 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hannah Hernandez, Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2022 The decision comes as new cases in New York City, and nationwide, are on the rise. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 Starting today, customers can place orders from more than 1,000 Big Lots stores nationwide. William Thornton |, al, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nationwide


1891, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Nationwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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