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 Before the former vice president's remarks, Murtaugh criticized Biden's response to nationwide demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden says Trump "has a lot to answer for" on Russian bounty intel," 30 June 2020 That financial pressure has led to sporadic anti-government protests in Iran, including nationwide demonstrations in November that Amnesty International says saw over 300 people killed. Washington Post, "AP Interview: US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal," 28 June 2020 This summer, featuring nationwide demonstrations for racial justice, precedes what will be an unprecedented season with so many unknowns about the return to competition. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Butler's Black basketball players navigate a white campus: 'You do stick out.'," 25 June 2020 The new wave began as nationwide demonstrations emerged over George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. David Klepper, Anchorage Daily News, "George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US," 22 June 2020 More recently, fears of racial discrimination and police use of the technology for surveillance gained new urgency amid nationwide demonstrations over racial justice and police brutality. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Microsoft president calls for federal regulation of facial recognition technology," 18 June 2020 Yates' comments come amid ongoing nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma cop faces backlash but won't apologize after saying African Americans 'probably ought to be' shot more by police," 12 June 2020 The investigation comes amid nationwide demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. NBC News, "Washington governor orders new investigation into in-custody death of man who said 'I can't breathe'," 11 June 2020 His White House has been under intense pressure to act following nationwide demonstrations after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody last month. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "'Force with compassion': Trump promises better training for police," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In some projections, Arizona is appearing among the worst places nationwide for COVID-19 spread. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports more than 3,400 additional COVID-19 increases day after Ducey pleads for Arizonans to stay home," 27 June 2020 At the same time, the postal service said, the number of packages the agency is dealing with has gone up because customers nationwide have been buying more things through the mail. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan postal workers to rally Tuesday as part of campaign to #SaveThePostOffice," 22 June 2020 House Democrats on Monday unveiled their police reform proposal as protests continued nationwide over police brutality against African Americans. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: June 9, 2020," 9 June 2020 As protests continued nationwide, U.S. officials urged demonstrators to seek COVID-19 testing amid worries that the country could see a spike in new coronavirus infections. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "George Floyd live updates: Public viewing in Houston; Derek Chauvin to make first court appearance; protesters should get COVID-19 tests," 9 June 2020 As protesters nationwide continued to hit the streets Wednesday, three more former Minneapolis police officers were charged in the death of George Floyd. NBC News, "Mounted NYPD officers patrol high-risk areas to deter looters," 5 June 2020 Protests continued nationwide for a 10th night, after thousands gathered for a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis heard calls from the podium to change the American justice system. WSJ, "Key Updates on the Unrest Sparked by George Floyd’s Death," 5 June 2020 But the decision lies in the hands of the federal government in Mexico City, which will make that determination based on the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rocky Point reopens to tourists amid COVID-19 pandemic, but its beaches are still closed," 20 June 2020 These are the latest incidents of Confederate monuments getting removed nationwide in the wake of the George Floyd protests. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, "Protesters tear down statues from Confederate monuments in DC and North Carolina," 20 June 2020

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1891, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nationwide was in 1891

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“Nationwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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: 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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