wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd \
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

d : lax sense 4

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

American jurisprudence intersects with animals in a wide variety of situations. Elisa Orzac Shoenberger, BostonGlobe.com, "When a marriage ends, who gets the family pet?," 13 July 2018 So there’s a wide variety of technical problems that need to be solved. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 The recipes in this cookbook show you how to make a wide variety of delicious meals and how to save time while doing so. Indianapolis Star, "eCookbook: Chef Express Quick Time Dishes," 10 July 2018 Participants will see more than a hundred species of native plants, many of them in peak flower or plume, in successful, persistent flowering meadows, in a wide variety of settings, both large and small. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Hundreds of items had been stolen from residents in the area around the Highlands in June, ranging from birdbaths and hanging plants to a wide variety of garden gnomes. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018 The program is a volunteer training course that provides instruction on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 6 July 2018 Photo: Alamy My visit began with a cab ride through a stretch of north-central Lisbon, where a lack of zoning laws and wide variety of building styles has created a vague, visual monotony. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 North Point Lighthouse: The museum exhibits a wide variety of artifacts about the lighthouse and its keepers. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Summer 2018 edition)," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Anderson finally came through on his sixth to lead 25-24, then served out the victory when Isner sailed a forehand wide. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 When Isner’s final forehand sailed wide, Anderson could have been excused for doing cartwheels or at the very least multiple fist pumps on the grass. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 Soon institutions world-wide embraced them, vastly expanding the business. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Elden Used Newspaper Skills to Find Best Bets in Hedge Funds," 13 July 2018 Kerber controlled the match, booking her spot in the final when Ostapenko flailed a forehand wide on the second match point in the match. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Angelique Kerber earns spot in Wimbledon final after cruising past Jelena Ostapenko," 12 July 2018 As Martinez recounted the story Tuesday, Jonathan sat wide-eyed in his father’s lap. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "‘Daddy, when are you coming to get me?’," 12 July 2018 Best Par 3: 4th hole Known by some as the course’s signature hole, this slightly downhill par 3 features a wide green flanked by plenty of trouble. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Kevin De Bruyne shortly returned the favour, setting Eden Hazard free in the box but the Belgian pulled his shot wide as both sides began to flex their attacking muscles. SI.com, "France 1-0 Belgium: Umtiti Heads Les Bleus Into World Cup Final as Red Devils Come Up Short Again," 10 July 2018 The black/wide gap on consumption seems to be rooted in continued greater homeownership by whites, perhaps exacerbated by the 2008 recession. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "White Americans love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—and flashlights.," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \
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
wideness noun

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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