\ 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 combinationnationwideindustry-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 ofthe 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 combinationexpanded 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


wideness noun

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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 cases reported in New York and New Jersey have a wide range of ages, most often 3 to 18 years old. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Congress and Trump get somber warning of lasting economic damage from the crisis," 14 May 2020 Nuts Nuts, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, provide healthful fat in addition to plant protein, antioxidants, fiber, and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Losing Belly Fat: A Nutritionist's Top 5 Foods," 13 May 2020 Companies such as Dermaroot Natanicals offer a wide range of gentle body care products made with natural and organic ingredients from Mother Nature and are not tested on animals. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "How to create a quarantine-ready home sanctuary," 13 May 2020 In New York, the syndrome has been found across a wide range of young people. Mary Esch, Houston Chronicle, "'A pretty scary thing': Kid illness tied to virus worries parents," 13 May 2020 In addition, Cai said, state data show wide racial disparities on Smarter Balanced test performance. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "SAT should be suspended for UC admissions, Napolitano says," 11 May 2020 By late March, as coronavirus cases were skyrocketing, scientists from a wide range of disciplines had begun promoting masks in public as a way to possibly lower rates of transmission. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas leaders say you should wear a mask, but you don’t have to, muddling public health message," 9 May 2020 Correction: This post has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to the US trade deficit being the widest in 11 years. Karen Ho, Quartz, "The US trade deficit is ballooning as international travel plummets," 5 May 2020 And there are wide disparities in resources and opportunities, not just between MPS and nearby suburban schools, but within the district itself. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A lot of wasted time': Milwaukee parents and advocates say MPS has been too slow to start virtual learning," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Republicans have thus far been reluctant to enact a wide-ranging phase four stimulus bill. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "McConnell Moves on Quick Aid Vote While Pelosi Urges More Cash," 15 May 2020 As part of those moves, the company also replaced its original CEO in a wide-ranging corporate shake-up. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Mark Kelly's business subsidies, ties to Chinese tech firm under fire," 14 May 2020 That money is being put to use in ways that are wide-ranging and far-reaching. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For David Robinson, ‘Spurs Give Together’ is a family affair," 14 May 2020 In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News, Rep. Stefanie Murphy (D-FL) discusses HEROES Act funding and her state’s failed unemployment system. Fox News, "Florida Democrat on importance of HEROES Act funding for state governments: ‘This virus knows no borders’," 13 May 2020 But the prospect of a new society in which the public conceals their faces from one another has wide-ranging implications for crime and security, as well as social interaction, Luke McGee reports. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Sunday, May 10," 10 May 2020 Slovenia imposed a wide-ranging lockdown in mid-March, but the government began lifting restrictions on April 20 when car service centers and some shops reopened, while bars and restaurants have been allowed to serve food outdoors since Monday. NBC News, "Photo: Undertaker waits for body of COVID-19 victim," 9 May 2020 The foundation supports initiatives as wide-ranging as school and community gardens and a Farm Crisis Fund for emergency grants to local farmers. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "McKinney restaurateur mobilizes aid for local farms and others financially impacted by pandemic," 5 May 2020 But in a wide-ranging March 30 anti-SLAPP motion to strike Mitchell's lawsuit, Twin Galaxies lawyers argue the site's statements regarding Mitchell weren't legally defamatory. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Billy Mitchell takes his Donkey Kong high-score cheating case to court," 4 May 2020

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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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The first known use of wide was before the 12th century

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18 May 2020

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“Wide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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



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
\ 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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