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

This all followed a 2016 rollout in which Barbie received a complete makeover, including a wider variety of skin tones and body types. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Barbie Is Being Given the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 As the students stepped inside a cattle car used to transport Jews to the death camp, their mouths began to open wide as if to ask, What... Diane Cole, WSJ, "‘The Unwanted’ Review: One Small Town in Germany," 12 Apr. 2019 The three-story building measures just eight feet wide, but those eight feet pack a stylish punch thanks to dmvA’s renovations. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "400-year-old skinny house renovated into ‘one-room hotel’," 12 Nov. 2018 One logical place to look for this battery to be used is on Boeing’s cargo drone, a 15-foot-wide drone that first flew last year. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 Those elements, combined with an awe-inspiring roster of dark-skinned black models, included a closing look worn by Naomi Campbell, which evoked tears from the audience and was met with industry-wide praise. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli on the Importance of Having a Voice in Fashion," 2 Apr. 2019 Originally, the brand launched the line in just 250 locations, but after a mere six months of mega-success, the retailer requested a chain-wide expansion due to such high demand. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "You Can Now Shop Peach & Lily Skin-Care Products at Ulta Stores," 29 Mar. 2019 Instead of pulling out random strands, do this: Starting at the front and working back toward your crown, section out 10 quarter-inch-wide pieces a quarter of an inch apart. Glamour, "How to Dye Your Hair at Home Like a Pro," 27 Mar. 2019 The program includes three separate tiers: the Gucci Changemakers Fund, a scholarship program, and a company-wide volunteering initiative. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci Announces Changemakers Program to Improve Diversity and Inclusion," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

With the doors wide open, guests shopped the collection and milled about. Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Vogue, "Rag & Bone Celebrates Its Plain White Tee Collaboration With Helena Christensen, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, and More," 17 May 2019 McCracken had a wide-ranging career, which took her from Broadway to Hollywood. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Joan McCracken Was More than Bob Fosse's Second Wife," 17 Apr. 2019 That ties in with the idea that genetic variation might be important in a way that plays out system-wide. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD," 27 Nov. 2018 Zadig & Voltaire: For one day only enjoy 20% off site-wide on November 22. Glamour, "All The Black Friday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 That move does not mean James will not return to the Cavs on a new deal — that remains an option — but does ensure the NBA’s best player will exercise his considerable gravitational pull on the free agency process league-wide. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As free agency opens, Spurs’ ‘Kawisis’ looms large — but there are other issues too," 29 June 2018 Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe is on track to arrive at a kilometer-wide asteroid called Ryugu on June 27. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Nears Its Target, the Asteroid Ryugu," 26 June 2018 Australia has barred Huawei on security grounds from bidding for contracts in a national broadband network which is currently being rolled out Australia-wide. Washington Post, "Australia and Vanuatu to negotiate security treaty," 25 June 2018 President Trump’s standing among independent voters, in particular, suggests the political center is wide open for Democrats. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats Face Great Opportunity—and High Peril," 11 Feb. 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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