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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By the turn of the century, the adverse effects of using arsenic tint were widely exposed, color technology had vastly improved, and the practice (thankfully) grew out of fashion. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "The Best Shade of Green is Actually Named for a Deadly Poison," 26 Apr. 2019 Sansa and Arya Stark may have shared a rocky relationship over the years, but Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams' are widely known to be tight BFFs off-screen. Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Shared An Adorable Moment on the Game of Thrones Red Carpet," 4 Apr. 2019 The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as Oetzi the Iceman, offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said. Washington Post, "Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal," 13 July 2018 President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for a new military branch focused on space is apparently not widely shared. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Polls show little support for Trump’s Space Force," 16 Aug. 2018 Former Red Wings captain and Hall of Fame center Yzerman is widely considered the successor-in-waiting for the Detroit GM post. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "When will Seattle’s NHL franchise hire a general manager? The answer may lie in Edmonton.," 10 Apr. 2019 The sample from Apollo 17, known as CSVC 73001, is widely considered to have the least chance of accidental outside contamination. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Will Open a Time Capsule of Lunar Samples Taken Almost 50 Years Ago," 12 Mar. 2019 One of the oldest examples in English, Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe, is widely considered to be the beginning of realistic fiction in literature — and possibly the first English novel, to boot. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 Like her father, mother, and many royals before her, it's widely believed the Queen will be laid to rest in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?," 25 Mar. 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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