\ 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


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

Other Words from wide


wideness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wide


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Giving up that exposure doesn’t seem logical, but insiders point to the growing segments of the sports-entertainment industry and the wide range of options now confronting CEOs and their chief marketing officers. Ken Willis, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 Given the wide range of colors, solid construction, and overall value when considering cost, these sheets are well worth the buy. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Today's wide range of colors, shapes, and styles offers versatility within every decor style. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2022 But Rockafellow frequently relies on a tool called EazyHold, a silicone cuff meant to help users with disabilities hold onto a wide range of items. Chloe Valentine Toscano, Allure, 4 Aug. 2022 In addition, shareholders and staff are more likely to rely on a leader who has conviction and is willing to dig into a wide range of situations the company may be faced with, no matter how uncomfortable the environment may be. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The entire project has been migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019, a wide range of audio codecs have been updated to more modern versions, and support for Windows 11 and https streams have both been improved. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 And there's a wide range of options on the market for people seeking any combination of workout style, features, and price point. Maggie Slepian, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 Daycare portal Wonderschool shows Bend in-home providers charging a wide range, with prices starting around $200 to 400 a month and climbing to a max of $1,500 to $1,920. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Final congressional approval of the election-year measure would complete an astounding, eleventh-hour salvation of Biden’s wide-ranging domestic goals, though in more modest form. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 Final congressional approval of the election-year measure would complete an astounding, eleventh-hour salvation of Mr. Biden's wide-ranging domestic goals, though in more modest form. CBS News, 5 Aug. 2022 Still, final congressional approval would complete an astounding resurrection of Biden’s wide-ranging domestic goals, though in more modest form. Alan Fram, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 Among her other many wide-ranging ventures in recent years is her vibrant 2018 re-imagining of Talking Heads’ landmark Remain in Light. Steve Hochman, SPIN, 5 Aug. 2022 But Pitkin’s book features innumerable scenes of both the wrenching traumas and the unparalleled triumphs and wide-ranging personal transformations that union organizing entails. Micah Uetricht, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 Final congressional approval of the election-year measure would complete an astounding, eleventh-hour salvation of Biden’s wide-ranging domestic goals, though in more modest form. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2022 Willow is known for her wide-ranging taste in music, from teen-pop to R&B to punk and more. Delisa Shannon, Rolling Stone, 3 Aug. 2022 Stolte’s pose, with his legs spread wide and his hands on his knees, emphasizes his ample belly — hardly a flattering pose. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wide


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


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

History and Etymology for wide


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

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More Definitions for wide


\ 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


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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