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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Lawmakers who toured the facilities shared their experiences widely on social media. Washington Post, "Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol," 2 July 2019 Lawmakers who toured the facilities shared their experiences widely on social media. Cedar Attanasio, chicagotribune.com, "Sexist posts and comments mocking migrant deaths in secret Border Patrol Facebook group are ‘completely inappropriate,’ top agency official says," 1 July 2019 Nez's mugshot was shared widely by news outlets statewide. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Flagstaff police say they arrested wrong man in highly publicized drug bust," 1 July 2019 Within minutes, photographs of his body on the operating table were being shared widely on social media. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 Lawmakers who toured the facilities shared their experiences widely on social media. Colleen Long, Twin Cities, "Border Patrol head condemns agents’ offensive Facebook posts," 1 July 2019 Video shared widely on social media on Thursday showed the chancellor standing beside the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, clasping her elbows as her legs trembled for about two minutes. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Angela Merkel Is Seen Shaking Again, but Spokesman Insists She’s Fine," 27 June 2019 The photo, taken on June 24 by Julia Le Duc, has been shared widely by news outlets and on social media, and has incited a debate about its use. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "How Controversy Over the Photo of a Drowned Migrant Father and Daughter Captured the Profound Cost of the Border Crisis," 26 June 2019 Parents and former students were sharing it widely on social media. Teen Vogue, "These Massachusetts Student Journalists Exposed Their High School’s Use of Prison Labor," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of widely

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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