state·​wide | \ˈstāt-ˈwīd \

Definition of statewide 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: affecting or extending throughout all parts of a state



Definition of statewide (Entry 2 of 2)

: throughout the state

Examples of statewide in a Sentence


a statewide survey of voters

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Taylor patterned his ordinance in part after the Clean Missouri initiative on the statewide ballot in November. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018 Read more: Promote the Vote needs about 316,000 valid voter signatures for its amendment to appear on the November statewide ballot. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Group submits signatures for ballot measure to expand voting in Michigan," 9 July 2018 The only reason the mandate to buy property and preserve water ended up on a statewide ballot at all is that legislators for years ignored demands by voters to preserve property and protect drinking water. Lauren Ritchie,, "Environment, voters score big win over contemptuous legislators," 29 June 2018 California voters this November will decide whether to change daylight saving time, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday sending the proposal to the statewide ballot. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California voters will decide daylight saving time," 28 June 2018 Maricopa County had 52 ballot challenges filed this year for local to statewide races, which county officials say was higher than usual due to a surge in candidates running. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "'An entire generation ... underrepresented': Why Millennials avoid local government," 27 June 2018 New Yorkers will return to the polls in September to decide statewide primary races. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Things to Know: Trump looms over Tuesday’s primaries," 25 June 2018 The last time Democrats won a statewide race was more than 20 years ago. Houston Chronicle, "Does the Democratic Party have the talent, money to carry the day?," 22 June 2018 Conservative forces had aligned with Freitas in a bid to keep Stewart off the statewide ballot. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Corey Stewart, Confederate symbols defender, wins GOP nomination in Virginia Senate race," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Barras' legislation would increase that minimum payment to at least $63.6 million starting Aug. 1, with the additional $3.6 million going to early childhood education programs statewide. Julia O'donoghue,, "Decision on Harrah's New Orleans contract delayed," 30 Apr. 2018 Taylor on March 29 piled on with her own ads, which doubled down on the same attacks in ads that began running in the Cincinnati area before going statewide. Andrew J. Tobias,, "We think we know how the Ohio Republican primary election will turn out. But could there be an upset?," 24 Apr. 2018 Last November, a 12-cent increase in the base gasoline excise tax went into effect statewide, pushing the base from 18 cents a gallon to 30 cents. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Gas prices at $4-per-gallon? We could see it with Syria and supply playing roles | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Apr. 2018 Instead, nonprofits will pay a small registration fee when signing up to participate, which goes toward promotion and advertising of the event statewide. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Have a go at outdoor activities without the outside temps," 29 Jan. 2018 AT&T Stadium in Arlington took the top spot statewide last month with almost $4 million in alcohol sales. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio bars, restaurants sold more than $48 million worth of alcohol in December," 29 Jan. 2018 The campaign manager for a Democratic statewide candidate advised fringe Republican gubernatorial contender Harley Brown during Idaho’s primary election, offering tips on how to respond to reports that Brown threatened a radio host. Melissa Davlin, idahostatesman, "'Call (him) fake news,' Dem adviser told Harley Brown after threat to Boise radio host," 29 June 2018 In South Carolina last year, the first statewide mandatory online ACT exam was marred by technical difficulties, forcing some schools to administer makeup tests and delaying some score reports. Liz Moore, New York Times, "For the ACT and the SAT, Pencils No Longer Required, but Sometimes Necessary," 5 Apr. 2018 As lieutenant governor, McMaster was the nation's first statewide elected official to back Trump, ahead of South Carolina's early presidential primary. NBC News, "South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Trump supporter, wins GOP runoff," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of statewide


1848, in the meaning defined above


1888, in the meaning defined above

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: including all parts of a U.S. state

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