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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Surgeons once widely used power morcellators to slice tissue for removal through small incisions, often during hysterectomies for women with benign growths called fibroids. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hysterectomy-Tool Warnings Didn’t Trigger Long-Term Return to Open Surgery," 12 Mar. 2019 Forcing drone users to register their vehicles has become one of the most widely used steps by regulators to encourage responsible drone use. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Drone Scare Grounds Flights at Dubai Airport," 15 Feb. 2019 Though somewhat widely used during the 1940s, its popularity peaked at the rank of 47 on the US baby name charts, and didn't crack the top ten until Will and Kate's little princess arrived in 2015. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "15 Old-Fashioned Girl Names That Are Ready for a Comeback," 17 Jan. 2019 And, finally, there have been advancements in early detection techniques with several forms of cancer that are being used more widely, Dr. Lichtenfeld says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 Victoria and Vicky Vicky was widely considered Albert's favorite child, but there is no doubt that the Princess Royal held a special place in both of her parents' hearts. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 The original Doom is widely considered to be one of the most influential games of all time. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Doom is getting a 25th anniversary mod from the game’s co-creator," 11 Dec. 2018 Touching, let alone embracing, Her Majesty is widely considered a no-no, but the former FLOTUS couldn't help showing some love to the sovereign. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Reveals the Real Reason Why She Hugged the Queen," 13 Nov. 2018 The team win earned Biles, widely considered as one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, her 15th world championship medal. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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the range of authority or knowledge

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