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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As sugar became more widely available, the national sweet tooth exponentially increased, and recipes began to echo this addiction. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 Houses are even kitted out with treadmills and a tanning bed, which would not be widely available for home use for another two decades. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 The two treatments will now be made widely available and could help end the yearlong outbreak in the DRC, which has already killed more than 1800 people, scientists say. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Finally, some good news about Ebola: Two new treatments dramatically lower the death rate in a trial," 12 Aug. 2019 The drink should be widely available for purchase in the United States in a few weeks. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Natural Light hard seltzer? Anheuser-Busch is leaning into the trend," 10 Aug. 2019 The map’s demographic feature, used to highlight neighborhoods with high numbers of seniors and people with low income, is also widely available. New York Times, "This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump also emphasized steps to better identify and respond to signs of mental illness that could lead to violence, repeating a familiar conservative formulation that deemphasizes the significance of widely available firearms. Michael Crowley, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump condemns white supremacy but doesn’t propose gun laws after shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense will launch later in August, but the previous versions are widely available. Marci Robin, Allure, "Nearly All of Angelina Jolie's Tattoos Are Visible in Her New Guerlain Perfume Ad," 4 Aug. 2019 The rapper's entourage had stopped there to download an app to their phones to use electric scooters, which are widely available on the streets of Stockholm. CBS News, "A$AP Rocky testifies he tried to "de-escalate" situation before fight in Sweden," 1 Aug. 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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