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 The lawsuit is widely considered a long-shot with the current composition of the Supreme Court. John Tozzi, Bloomberg.com, "Uninsured Numbers Rise in Wake of Trump’s Attack on Obamacare," 15 Sep. 2020 But despite all of those accomplishments, Paschall was widely considered a long shot to make the All-Rookie First Team. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Eric Paschall becomes Warriors’ 1st All-Rookie First Team selection since 2013," 15 Sep. 2020 Dangerfield is widely considered the favorite for WNBA rookie of the year. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield wins AP rookie of the year award, Breanna Stewart named AP’s comeback player of the year," 15 Sep. 2020 With 16 career titles to his name prior to the US Open and a career-high ranking of No. 3, Thiem was widely considered the most likely of the NextGen stars to win a grand slam title. Matias Grez And Patrick Snell, CNN, "Dominic Thiem dedicates US Open win to family after 'so many sacrifices'," 14 Sep. 2020 Although breathwork is widely considered safe, there have been reports of side effects. Ana Connery, USA TODAY, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, some are trying breathwork classes to relieve anxiety," 13 Sep. 2020 Cupp is widely considered an ethical politician whose leadership is unlikely to run afoul of the law. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Here’s what Bob Cupp intends to do -- and not do -- as Ohio House speaker," 9 Sep. 2020 These voters do not react as well as their country cousins to Trumpism’s nativism and were widely considered the cause of the 2018 Republican losses in places like northern Virginia, California’s Orange County and the suburbs outside Houston. Joel Kotkin, Star Tribune, "The 2020 election will be decided in the suburbs. You knew that.," 9 Sep. 2020 A year ago, Hampton was widely considered a potential top-five draft pick. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Pistons might look to New Zealand, Memphis for a steal in the draft," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of widely

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of widely was in 1579

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19 Sep 2020

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“Widely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widely. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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