wide·​ly ˈwīd-lē How to pronounce widely (audio)
: over or through a wide area
has traveled widely
: to a great extent
departed widely from the previous edition
: by or among a large well-dispersed group of people
a widely known political figure
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of widely was in 1579

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“Widely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widely. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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