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

But do these results prove that slime molds—and perhaps a wide range of other organisms that lack brains—can exhibit a form of primitive cognition? Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 There’s a wide range of estimates of the natural rate of unemployment. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester," 13 July 2018 The condo includes more than 1,600 square feet of living space and boasts details like original, wide-plank flooring, high ceilings, and enormous windows. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "On the market: Old City condo in former textile factory for $545,000," 12 July 2018 Modern chandeliers and wide-plank wood floors set a sophisticated tone in the foyer. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘X-Men’ producer Simon Kinberg spins off Sunset Strip estate," 11 July 2018 The condominiums have 11-foot ceilings and floors of wide-plank white oak. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 2018 Saleem is the co-founder of Sharqi-shop, an online marketplace that allows local artisans to sell their traditional wares to a wider customer base. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business," 12 July 2018 Amazon Prime Day has a lot in common with Black Friday: The main course — incredible deals on a wide range of products — is accompanied by a less desirable side serving of stress. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "5 Survival Tips You Need To Know Before Shopping On Amazon Prime Day," 13 July 2018 But the vice president touched on a wide range of issues including controversies over trade and immigration. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Rauner embraces Trump White House in Rosemont, calls Pence among the 'greatest leaders in American history'," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Boston, which entered the game with just one player in the top 20 league wide in scoring (James Pannell), could not solve Bayhawks goalkeeper Niko Amato (Maryland) enough times to keep close. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Led by Danowski, Bayhawks rout Cannons, 15-8, for sixth straight win," 3 July 2018 Photos from the scene show the duo standing outside of a silver Mercedes SLS AMG pulled over with the doors wide open. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Were "Stranded" in the Hamptons After Their Car Broke Down," 3 July 2018 Or is the chance to open our hands just wide enough to share with the world? Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Not everyone in America is free this Fourth of July | Solomon Jones," 3 July 2018 The Flip When Jerome Simpson broke from his right to left underneath the Cardinals defense, two defenders went with Pro Bowl tight end Jermaine Gresham, leaving Simpson wide open. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018 For comedy, the absence of Veep leaves the race wide open. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 Companies have fought vicious lawsuits in attempts to protect their self-driving secrets, and given how wide open the potential market is for the technology there is little sign the tensions will end any time soon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 That second result blew the group wide open and meant all four sides could still advance at the final round of fixtures. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Sweden vs England - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 6 July 2018 The narrative of skythings is luxury—the penthouse—with its door thrown wide open, welcoming us in. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "We shouldn’t abandon the cities we have for some amenities in the clouds," 14 June 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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