wide·​ly | \ ˈwīd-lē How to pronounce widely (audio) \

Definition of widely

1 : over or through a wide area has traveled widely
2 : to a great extent departed widely from the previous edition
3 : by or among a large well-dispersed group of people a widely known political figure
4 : over a broad range persons with widely fluctuating incomesCurrent Biography

Examples of widely in a Sentence

Their products are widely available. a widely known political figure The books are widely read by adults as well as children.
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Recent Examples on the Web Degtyaryov, a member of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, is widely believed to be backed by the Kremlin with both advice and money. Daniel Kozin, ajc, 18 Sep. 2021 Corrigan founded Students Against Mandates in June, as colleges and universities were among the first to widely adopt COVID vaccine mandates. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Other human rights groups said the U.S. military was only admitting responsibility for the civilian casualties in this case because it was widely documented. Time, 18 Sep. 2021 At least, however, they haven’t been hit at what are widely regarded as the NFL’s most vital positions: quarterback and pass rusher. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2021 Further, administering boosters widely too soon or too frequently may cause adverse effects, which could also have unintended consequences for vaccine acceptance. Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 That changed over time, Jackson said, accelerated by the rise of Donald Trump, the first presidential candidate widely embraced by the anti-government movement. Hannah Allam, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 Besides the emphasis on retirement hobbies, the Passions retirement list differs from our annual and widely noted Best Places To Retire list—the latest of which was published in May—in one other significant way. William P. Barrett, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Distributing vaccines more widely worldwide isn’t just a humanitarian project. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of widely

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2021

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“Widely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widely. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of widely

: over or through a wide area : in or to many places
: to a great extent : a lot
: by a large number of people


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