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
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

The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organizations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s New Royal Responsibilities Are a Perfect Fit," 10 Jan. 2019 Tables of wide wood planks sit under white umbrellas and overlook the sea. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 To serve, put a large ladle of stewed lentils in a low, wide soup bowl and place a large spoonful of rice next to it. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Green Book opens in limited theaters on November 16 and wide on November 21. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 One set of living quarters appears to have four bunk beds, and the aisle between them is only about as wide as a person. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 Insert knife into thickest part of each of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and move back and forth to create 2 1/2-inch pocket that is as wide as possible without going through. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken," 21 Dec. 2018 In the dining room, the floorboards are very wide and a little wavy—they’re called king’s boards. Fred Nicolaus, House Beautiful, "How Andrew Flesher Used Bright Colors And Leopard Print To Rescue A Historic Home," 6 Dec. 2018 The road that men can walk in the sartorial aspect of life is very wide. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stop Telling Women What to Wear to Work," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The withdrawal agreement, which is required before more wide-ranging discussions on future relations can commence, foresees relatively close economic ties with Europe. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "UK Parliament moves to make ‘no-deal’ Brexit more difficult," 8 Jan. 2019 In March 2017, federal agents executed search warrants at several Caterpillar facilities in Illinois as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the company’s tax and export filings. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Trump’s Attorney General Pick Earned a Reputation as a Fighter in the Corporate World," 6 Jan. 2019 In a wide-ranging exit interview with Los Angeles Times reporter Molly O’Toole, Kelly discussed his tumultuous 17 months overseeing President Donald Trump’s White House. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "John Kelly’s exit interview lifts the curtain on the chaos within the Trump White House," 30 Dec. 2018 Restoring Hope broke at 37-1 odds and jockey Florent Geroux guided him wide into the first turn to secure the second position down the backstretch. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Did Justify have help from another horse at Belmont? That's nonsense," 11 June 2018 It’s more accurate to see them as manifestations of a lifetime’s voracious, multivalent reading and looking—inventive mental collages or marvelous pastiches of unimaginably wide-ranging sources. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Born to Be Posthumous’ Review: Peculiar, Cynical, Ironic & Witty," 21 Dec. 2018 Some are arranged to literally simulate lightsaber battles, and others seem scored for sheer manual dexterity, full of wide-ranging, rapid-fire patterns. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Why Beat Saber is my game of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 The result is a wide-ranging selection of light and neutrals as well as both muted and more saturated colors that are versatile and approachable. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This New Company Is Cutting Out The Annoying Parts Of Painting We’ve Just Come To Accept As Normal," 6 Dec. 2018 Belgium fired an early warning shot as Kevin de Bruyne shot wide in the second minute, after winning a midfield tussle with Manchester City club mate Fernandinho. SI.com, "Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Red Devils Shatter Brazil's Dreams With Clinical Display to Set Up France Clash," 6 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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