wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having great extent : vast a wide area
b : extending over a vast area : extensive a wide reputation
c : extending throughout a specified area or scope usually used in combination nationwideindustry-wide
d : comprehensive, inclusive a wide assortment
2a : having a specified extension from side to side 3 feet wide
b : having much extent between the sides : broad a wide doorway
c : fully opened wide-eyed
3a : extending or fluctuating considerably between limits a wide variation
b : straying or deviating from something specified used with of the accusation was wide of the truth
4 of an animal ration : relatively rich in carbohydrate as compared with protein

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : over a great distance or extent : widely searched far and wide
b : over a specified distance, area, or extent usually used in combination expanded the business country-wide
2a : so as to leave much space or distance between placed wide apart
b : so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance ran wide around left end
3 : to the fullest extent : completely, fully wide open

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Other Words from wide

Adjective

wideness noun

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Adjective

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side. a broad avenue wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned rugs eight feet wide or applied to unfilled space between limits. a wide doorway broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered. broad shoulders deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point. a deep cupboard deep woods

Examples of wide in a Sentence

Adjective the widest part of the river The desk is three feet wide. How wide is the doorway? Her eyes were wide with wonder. We have a wide range of options. a job calling for wide experience The election received wide news coverage. Adverb The poles were placed wide apart. He opened his eyes wide. They spread the map out wide. His mouth was wide open. They like to hike through wide open spaces.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Company warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., voted against unionizing by a wide margin. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Amazon Hiring 75,000 Workers, Offering Some $1,000 Signing Bonuses," 13 May 2021 However some faith leaders had argued that a wide ban could implicate those who offer pastoral support including prayer. NBC News, "U.K. to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy and provide more support," 11 May 2021 After again hearing horror stories about sick puppies bought from pet stores, Orange County commissioners took a big step Tuesday toward passing a county-wide ban on retail sales of kittens, puppies and bunnies. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Sick puppy tales lead Orange County to consider ban of retail pet sales," 11 May 2021 It’s the brand’s U.S. sales leader by a wide margin. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "This new feature makes the new 2022 VW Tiguan stand out at night," 11 May 2021 City Director Kathy Webb of Ward 3 moved to delay action on the ordinance calling for the election until the city board meeting scheduled for July 13, and board members approved her motion by a wide margin. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock sales-tax proposal tabled for 2 months," 11 May 2021 This enables monitoring of a wide area, which might then provide points of interest where a smaller, higher-resolution image might prove useful. Alex Knapp, Forbes, "This Satellite Company Is Offering Wide-Area Radar Images Of The Earth’s Surface," 10 May 2021 To control the fire ants in your landscape, use a bait such as Amdro over a wide area. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to controlling summer weeds in San Antonio gardens," 7 May 2021 The seedy tufts that form from the plants spread seeds across a wide area when a brisk breeze passes through, and a new study published in the journal Nature reveals that the seeds are so much more than just little parachutes. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Scientists discover that dandelion seeds are basically magic," 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb His deceit was wide-ranging and unsettling, and prompted questions within the publishing industry about authorship, privilege and identity. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "What to Know About The Woman in the Window as the Movie Adaptation Hits Netflix," 14 May 2021 Miley Cyrus has signed a wide-ranging overall deal with NBCUniversal. Rick Porter, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus Announces 'Stand by You' Pride Special as Part of NBCUniversal Overall Deal," 14 May 2021 In a wide-ranging interview Crump talks about his use of the media to get his message out, race in America, his family, and more. CBS News, "Attorney Benjamin Crump says he takes death threats against him seriously," 13 May 2021 Swarm intelligence in the robotics domain has wide-ranging applications and benefits. Toby Mcclean, Forbes, "The Collective Power Of Swarm Intelligence In AI And Robotics," 13 May 2021 In a wide-ranging interview with Axelrod, Yates discussed a number of issues, including hostility toward US institutions and the truth, the January 6 Capitol insurrection and police reform. Devan Cole, CNN, "Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney'," 13 May 2021 The announcement about the school mask rule came during a wide-ranging news conference, in which Cox also defended his decision Wednesday to end extended unemployment benefits as a way to encourage Utahns back into the workforce. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah schools can ditch the masks for the last week of school, Gov. Spencer Cox said," 13 May 2021 Winfrey previously reflected on asking Field the pointed question back in 2005 during a wide-ranging interview with Today's Billy Bush. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Oprah Winfrey on the Question She Asked Sally Field About Burt Reynolds That Makes Her 'Cringe' Today," 13 May 2021 Rock and roll was created as something meant to evolve and become wide-ranging with a boundless worldview. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues to challenge ignorant definitions of ‘rock and roll’," 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of wide

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wide

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English wīd; akin to Old High German wīt wide

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The first known use of wide was before the 12th century

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15 May 2021

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“Wide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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wide

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extending a great distance from one side to the other : not narrow
: measured from side to side : having a specified width
: opened as far as possible

wide

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

: at a great distance
: to the side of something by a large distance
: to the fullest extent : as fully as possible

wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a large measure across : broad a wide street a wide grin
2 : opened as far as possible Her eyes were wide with wonder.
3 : covering a very large area a wide expanse of ocean
4 : measured across or at right angles to length The cloth is three feet wide.
5 : not limited : having a large extent There's a wide range of choices.
6 : to the side of : away from The shot was wide of the goal.

Other Words from wide

widely adverb a widely held belief

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : over a wide area He's traveled far and wide.
2 : to the limit : completely The door was wide open.

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