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

Choose the Right Synonym for wide

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

The gallery’s shows are themed, change almost monthly and are usually of contemporary work in a wide variety of media. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Many physicians, scientists, and regulators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would disagree, saying there’s no proof stem cell treatments work as marketed for any of a wide variety of conditions. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Save our stem cells, patients ask judge in FDA case," 9 July 2019 The Lone Star State has a wide variety of non-profit and government-backed programs for assisting small businesses with funding, and regularly leads the nation in job growth. Dallas News, "Why Texas is the No. 1 state for business startups for second year in a row," 8 July 2019 Instead, up your intake of a wide variety of non-starchy veggies, making them the core of your eating pattern. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 2019 Plus, with the sudden influx of new and intense hormones, pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable in a wide variety of ways. Felissa Allard, SELF, "These Are The Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 July 2019 This two-day arts festival highlights a wide variety of Chicago’s top youth performers, showcasing musicians and dancers in multiple venues throughout Navy Pier. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do with the kids July 8-14," 7 July 2019 In fact, Amazon has been quietly rolling out impressive discounts on a wide variety of products in the lead-up to Prime Day. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Prime Day deals you can get this Friday," 5 July 2019 Both Meghan and Harry have expressed interest in a wide variety of causes in the past ranging from women's rights and empowerment to veteran affairs, conservation, the elimination of landmines ,and reducing the stigma of mental health concerns. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Charity Will Launch Later This Year," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The International Fund for Animal Welfare recently looked at social media sites like Facebook and Instagram as part of a separate wide-ranging report on animal trafficking published in 2018. Kurt Wagner, latimes.com, "A black market in wildlife trafficking thrives on Facebook and Instagram," 12 July 2019 The wide-ranging plan constitutes Buttigieg’s initial version of a proposal for reparations for slavery. NBC News, "Biden to lay out foreign policy vision aimed at putting the U.S. 'back at the head of the table'," 11 July 2019 The cuts are wide-ranging, but the University of Alaska will take the biggest single hit, with more than 40% of its state funding––$130 million––gone. Josiah Bates, Time, "Alaska's State Budget Is Slumping. The Governor's 40% Cut to the University System Could Make It Even Worse," 10 July 2019 The wide-ranging suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleged that Compass pilfered trade secrets and lured agents into breaching their noncompete agreements. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Compass Engaged in Illegal Activity, Realogy Lawsuit Alleges," 10 July 2019 Fresh of Sunday's World Cup win, Rapinoe spoke exclusively to CNN in a wide-ranging interview on her refusal to visit the White House, her message to President Trump and her fight for equality in the sport of soccer. Darran Simon, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe says fight for equality in women's soccer is much more than about money. It's about investment in the sport," 9 July 2019 Friends became concerned when the trio didn’t arrive at their destinations and a wide-ranging five-day search was launched. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Other Passenger: Who Was Lauren Bessette?," 9 July 2019 A decade later, in 1979, the studios and marketing gurus had righted the ship, and this summer is notable for the quality as well as the wide-ranging nature of the films that appeared. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Summer 2019's Sad, Stale State of the Movies," 8 July 2019 The post became vacant when Michelle Pourciau resigned in April after The Baltimore Sun reported the city inspector general’s office was conducting a wide-ranging review of her department. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore mayor names head of general services agency to take over troubled city transportation department," 8 July 2019

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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

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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