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


The murders attracted nationwide attention.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The government had set a deadline for cars nationwide to meet the sixth stage a year from now (link in Chinese), but has also urged major cities and provinces, especially those with high car-sales, to implement the policy ahead of the deadline. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China paralyzed its auto market by fast-tracking stricter car pollution rules," 4 July 2019 Impossible Foods is rolling out in Burger King locations nationwide this year. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Plant-based meat advocates sue Mississippi over labeling rules for "meat"," 3 July 2019 He was known for mentoring young educators nationwide, encouraging several to set their sights on becoming college presidents, too. Dallas News, "Wright Lassiter Jr. was a servant leader who inspired faith, trust in Dallas," 3 July 2019 Nicholas has spent at least $27 million on the cause nationwide to try to get a constitutional amendment adopted in every state. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Backers want Kentucky Supreme Court to reinstate Marsy's Law," 3 July 2019 The company faces lawsuits by more than 13,400 plaintiffs nationwide and a series of Roundup jury verdicts against Bayer have prompted its share price to plummet. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Judge plans to reduce $80 million verdict in Roundup case," 2 July 2019 In total, 276 of those fatalities involved a drunk driver nationwide. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County has second highest number of traffic drunk-driver fatalities in U.S. on Fourth of July," 2 July 2019 By the 1990s, only two decades after the battle over Measure 13, the Rose City had become known nationwide for its plethora and variety of strip clubs., "Sex, drugs and police corruption in Portland: How the wild 1970s paved the way to the city’s future," 1 July 2019 The bureau has helped set up more than 1,500 committees nationwide that will work to get everyone to respond. Washington Post, "Delay in 2020 census could gum up finely calibrated planning," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Active shooter training for educators is becoming more common nationwide, and Utah is one of several states that generally allow permit holders to carry guns in public schools. Washington Post, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 Active shooter training for educators is becoming more common nationwide, and Utah is one of several states that generally allow permit holders to carry guns in public schools. Morgan Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 This is a familiar story in many blue states nationwide, which are experiencing similar upheaval and out-migration. John Hirschauer, National Review, "New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Abandons the ‘Millionaires Tax’," 1 July 2019 That’s how much sales of new homes slumped nationwide, led by big drops in the West and Northeast., "Getaround grows; JetBlue sues Walmart; home sales slow," 25 June 2019 There is a shortage of about 100,000 teachers nationwide, said Tara Kini, the director of state policy for the Learning Policy Institute, and addressing that vacuum continues to be a massive drain on resources. NBC News, "Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, underscoring national problem," 25 June 2019 The estimated 229 hamburgers Arizonans eat per capita each year put the state at No. 15 in 24/7 Wall Street's nationwide ranking. Alexis Potter, azcentral, "Arizonans apparently eat more hot dogs than almost any other state in the U.S.," 18 June 2019 The DoJ’s antitrust division has pressured both carriers to sell enough assets to allow for a new, nationwide carrier to take Sprint’s place as the fourth major US player. Chris Welch, The Verge, "T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly nearing a deal with Dish to save their merger," 18 June 2019 About 15% of children ages 2 to 5 nationwide were obese in 2015-2016, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, putting them at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Cut the fat: The obesity rate is dropping among US preschoolers, study shows," 18 June 2019

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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


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

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