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adjective \ˈwīd\

Definition of wide

wider

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widest

  1. 1a :  having great extent :  vast a wide areab :  extending over a vast area :  extensive a wide reputationc :  extending throughout a specified area or scope —usually used in combination nationwide industry-wided :  comprehensive, inclusive a wide assortment

  2. 2a :  having a specified extension from side to side 3 feet wideb :  having much extent between the sides :  broad a wide doorwayc :  fully opened wide-eyedd :  lax 4

  3. 3a :  extending or fluctuating considerably between limits a wide variationb :  straying or deviating from something specified —used with of the accusation was wide of the truth

  4. 4 of an animal ration :  relatively rich in carbohydrate as compared with protein

wideness

noun

Examples of wide in a Sentence

  1. the widest part of the river

  2. The desk is three feet wide.

  3. How wide is the doorway?

  4. Her eyes were wide with wonder.

  5. We have a wide range of options.

  6. a job calling for wide experience

  7. The election received wide news coverage.

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Origin and Etymology of wide

Middle English, from Old English wīd; akin to Old High German wīt wide

Synonym Discussion of wide

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

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wide

adverb

Definition of wide

wider

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widest

  1. 1a :  over a great distance or extent :  widely searched far and wideb :  over a specified distance, area, or extent —usually used in combination expanded the business country-wide

  2. 2a :  so as to leave much space or distance between placed wide apartb :  so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance ran wide around left end

  3. 3 :  to the fullest extent :  completely, fully wide open

Examples of wide in a Sentence

  1. The poles were placed wide apart.

  2. He opened his eyes wide.

  3. They spread the map out wide.

  4. His mouth was wide open.

  5. They like to hike through wide open spaces.

First Known Use of wide

before 12th century



WIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective

Definition of wide for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of wide for English Language Learners

  • : at a great distance

  • : to the side of something by a large distance

  • : to the fullest extent : as fully as possible


WIDE Defined for Kids

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wide

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adjective \ˈwīd\

Definition of wide for Students

wider

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widest

  1. 1 :  having a large measure across :  broad a wide street a wide grin

  2. 2 :  opened as far as possible Her eyes were wide with wonder.

  3. 3 :  covering a very large area a wide expanse of ocean

  4. 4 :  measured across or at right angles to length The cloth is three feet wide.

  5. 5 :  not limited :  having a large extent There's a wide range of choices.

  6. 6 :  to the side of :  away from The shot was wide of the goal.

widely

adverb a widely held belief

wideness

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wide

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adverb

Definition of wide for Students

wider

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widest

  1. 1 :  over a wide area He's traveled far and wide.

  2. 2 :  to the limit :  completely The door was wide open.



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