wide·ly | \ˈwīd-lē \

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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Confusing insurance deductibles and balance billing mean that the actual amount patients pay can vary widely and unexpectedly, often with a painful shock. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 Immediately, though, Williams broke back at love to end it, smiling widely and placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges’s last shot landed long. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final," 12 July 2018 The dominance of the Catholic Church over state institutions was beginning to fall away, homosexuality was decriminalized, divorce became legal, and contraception was made widely available for the first time. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan on Growing Up on Camera, the Changing Politics of Ireland, and Becoming a Queen," 11 July 2018 No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 Reasons Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Failed," 10 July 2018 Note also that this is only for the U.S. International laws vary widely and wildly. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Federal law? State law? Which takes precedence when you want to travel with cannabis?," 9 July 2018 No president has ever consulted more widely...to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination, Kavanaugh said. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 That should make this remedy more widely available and less expensive. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 As a result, quality varies widely and consumers are often flying blind. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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