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na·​tion·​wide ˌnā-shən-ˈwīd How to pronounce nationwide (audio)
: extending throughout a nation


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: throughout the nation

Examples of nationwide in a Sentence

Adjective The murders attracted nationwide attention.
Recent Examples on the Web
The report, using Equifax credit report data, tracks nationwide trends as well as 11 big states, including California, for borrowers with credit histories — or roughly 90 percent of the nation. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2023 The ethnic Kurd perished at the hands of Iran’s morality police while on a visit to Tehran last September, sparking the biggest nationwide protests in over a decade. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 Amini’s death sparked nationwide protests that rocked the country, posing one of the biggest domestic threats to Iran’s ruling clerical regime in more than a decade. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 Bulgaria’s government, however, is allowing Ukrainian imports again, saying the ban had spiked food costs, which triggered nationwide protests from farmers Monday. Jamey Keaten and Illia Novikov, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2023 Nonetheless, Barradas-Medel’s emphatic yes speaks for a large majority of immigrants surveyed earlier this year in a groundbreaking nationwide poll conducted by The Times in partnership with the nonprofit KFF, formerly known as the Kaiser Family Foundation. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 Its depiction of gore and violence led to a nationwide moral panic that ended in 1993 with the U.S. Senate threatening government regulation of video games, and that in turn created a national standard for age and content ratings for video games. Gene Park, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 In April, as France’s raucous nationwide protests gathered steam over President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to raise the retirement age two years to 64, demonstrators broke into the LVMH headquarters, lighting smoke bombs and denouncing Mr. Arnault as the embodiment of the ultrarich. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Almost a year into the nationwide shortage of ADHD medications, federal agencies and drugmakers are blaming each other for empty pharmacy shelves. Caroline Hopkins, NBC News, 9 Sep. 2023
Amazon, in August, announced that its virtual clinic was now also available nationwide. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 25 Sep. 2023 Restorative justice experiences backlash Over the past couple of decades, states and school districts nationwide have adopted school discipline reforms that prioritize relationships between peers and with teachers, positive incentives for good behavior and prevention of misconduct. F. Chris Curran, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2023 At a time when antisemitism is surging nationwide, Yiddish — once nearly wiped out by the Holocaust and assimilation pressures — is making a comeback. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 Massachusetts also has federally funded public housing, which is more common nationwide. Todd Wallack, ProPublica, 23 Sep. 2023 Border holding facilities are expanding by 3,250 people to nearly 23,000 and extending home surveillance nationwide for families awaiting initial asylum screenings. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Authorities encountered migrants more than 300,000 times nationwide last month, up from 245,213 in July, according to the data. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 22 Sep. 2023 Politics This issue could knock Trump off ballots nationwide. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 After a final decision by the CDC’s director, millions of doses will be shipped to pharmacies, clinics, and health systems nationwide within days. Christina Jewett,, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1891, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nationwide was in 1891

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“Nationwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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: extending throughout a nation
nationwide phone service
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