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

Dangling from barely perceptible granite nubs, Mr. Honnold karate-kicked his foot out wide, shifting his body weight into the thin air above Yosemite Valley. Clint Carter, WSJ, "From Climbing Wall to Real Mountain: Can You Handle It?," 6 Mar. 2019 The deeper and wider your navel is, the more space available for fluff to amass. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 While Putnam & Putnam's signature is elite events, the brick-and-mortar location opens the Putnam brand to a wider group, says Darroch. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Putnam & Putnam, One of Fashion's Favorite Florists, Just Opened a Retail Store," 28 Feb. 2019 Compared to the King of Spain’s state visit to Morocco earlier this month, Harry and Meghan's impact on the country has traveled further and wider. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Won Morocco’s Heart Just Weeks Before Her Due Date," 26 Feb. 2019 So there's no ultra-wide or telephoto lens on the Nokia 9, and in fact, none of the cameras are particularly revolutionary on their own. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Walmart posted strong sales across a wide range of products from toys to groceries and electronics. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 That has resulted in one of the most wide-ranging slates of nominees in years, with more recognition of female, country, younger and less-commercial artists. Neil Shah, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the Grammys," 10 Feb. 2019 Beyond material type, choose from a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tile Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Even state-wide and lower elections have become meaner and meaner, uglier and uglier. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "If Trump Were a Poet, He’d Be Rudyard Kipling," 26 Dec. 2018 And with JetBlue, Kennedy Airport was wide open and the legacy airlines were big and bloated. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 But the lane helps you in lots of ways: A / BOARDS: There are 39 boards on a lane, about one inch wide. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Become an Excellent Bowler? Here's Everything You Need to Know.," 27 Nov. 2018 The book also leaves it wide open as to what kinds of activities children can do with their reindeers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 Discrimination against the Rohingya ran deep and wide even before the spread of Facebook. Victoria Milko, The Seattle Times, "Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate," 28 Aug. 2018 Players kicking the ball backward, or wide of the goal, or over the goal. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "What happened when a soccer skeptic sat through a World Cup match," 11 July 2018 Rodrick spent 72 hours with Depp, who wished to set the record straight about his financial troubles, which seem to run deep and wide. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Johnny Depp's interview with Rolling Stone is outrageous, depressing," 22 June 2018 Starlin Castro fielded it and fired quickly and wide of first as Urena tried to cover the bag. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins’ No. 1 starter remains winless after things unravel quickly against the Braves | Miami Herald," 19 May 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 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
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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