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

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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

About 165bn tons of recoverable coal remain under the prairie grass of the wider Powder River basin. The Economist, "America’s coal capital knows it must rethink its future," 10 Aug. 2019 An early task was mapping the scale of King’s Landing which is shown in the episode in its entirety in several wide shots. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, "How visual effects created the fiery chaos in ‘Game of Thrones’," 8 Aug. 2019 The as-yet unannounced device, seen to the right of the above photo, has a quad-camera array including a wide-angle lens and a primary 64-megapixel module that almost certainly uses Samsung’s new 1/1.7-inch ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Here are the first photos shot with a 64-megapixel phone camera," 8 Aug. 2019 The widest part of his face is the forehead above his eyebrows. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "The story behind the fake Mad magazine and TV Guide covers in ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 8 Aug. 2019 Short-sleeved with multi-colored stripes, the piece worked beautifully with her wide-legged L.K. Bennet trousers and white Superga sneakers. Vogue, "Kate Middleton Puts a Royal Twist On Nautical Style," 8 Aug. 2019 Unintelligent Asians are helping expand the horizon wider, making space for all sorts of other Asian characters. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019 Cineplex's Jacob told The Hollywood Reporter that Walt Disney's soon-to-launch streaming service and Netflix competitor Disney+ won't greatly impact his own cinema chain and the wider exhibition industry. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cineplex Posts Record Second-Quarter Revenue Thanks to 'Avengers: Endgame'," 8 Aug. 2019 But a few hours later, while Maleficent dozed on a divan, wings folded as tightly against her back as a bird’s, Aurora was still wide-awake. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive: Get a first look at Holly Black's original Maleficent novel," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Measuring at four inches high, 11 inches wide and eight inches deep, the set includes over 1,000 Lego bricks. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Lego offers a 'Central Perk' set to celebrate Friends 25th anniversary," 8 Aug. 2019 Listed by Danny Foster with Heritage Texas Properties, the home offers soft contemporary construction with an open floor plan, and carpet, tile and engineered oak wide-plank wood floors. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Driscoll Terrace home offers Montrose-area luxury in new construction," 4 Aug. 2019 Roll the dice Verstappen eventually forced his rival wide and off the track and emerged unscathed still leading the race. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix," 4 Aug. 2019 Centrowitz came wide off the turn but couldn’t run down Engels. oregonlive.com, "Shelby Houlihan, Lopez Lomong, Craig Engels come up big on final day of the USATF Championships," 28 July 2019 The front seat area feels wide and comfortable with unobstructed views over the hood and at the side mirrors. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Audi A7 Sportback: a continental grand tourer," 26 July 2019 Lori was visibly happy, smiling wide and laughing during their outing together. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Diddy Matches with Rumored New Flame, 22-Year-Old Lori Harvey, on Night Out in N.Y.C.," 25 July 2019 Upper and middle classes readily opined on what was happening locally, island-wide and globally. Zaire Dinzey-flores, Time, "The Governor of Puerto Rico Dismissed the People. But the People Refused to Be Dismissed," 24 July 2019 If either of the plugs failed, there wouldbe nothing to stop the 8 trillion gallon reservoir — 180 miles long, 25 miles wide and nearly 600 feet deep — from draining. John D'anna, azcentral, "For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing," 18 July 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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