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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These are widely used in AI image generation, including for the creation of an AI portrait recently sold by Christie’s. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 Acetylene is widely used in the production of other chemicals, and Xinhua said Haipoer planned to use the delivery to make hydrogen. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Truckload of Acetylene Explodes Near Chemical Factories in China," 28 Nov. 2018 Paraquat, the herbicide mentioned before, has a 42.7 percent fatality rate, but that same study found a 2.4 percent rate for glyphosate, another widely used herbicide, and a zero percent fatality rate for one called fenoxaprop-p-ethyl. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year," 15 Nov. 2018 The most widely used, Parsol 1789 (known generically as avobenzone), absorbs UVA rays. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 The compact, three-wheeled vehicles are used widely throughout India to navigate the notoriously dense traffic found in large cities. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s first store in India offers delivery by solar-powered rickshaws," 13 Aug. 2018 Photo: Marcelo Chello/Zuma Press Earlier this week, a video shared widely on social media showed a man resembling a leading gubernatorial candidate in São Paulo state naked in an orgy. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "In Brazil Vote, Misinformation Spreads on Social Media Despite Efforts to Stop It," 26 Oct. 2018 The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy, widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Win for Jeter: Marlins’ home run sculpture will be moved," 16 Oct. 2018 It was widely predicted that Eugenie would wear the York tiara, which was originally given to Sarah on her wedding day by the Queen and Prince Philip. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Jack Brooksbank Gave Princess Eugenie the Diamond and Emerald Earrings She Wore to Her Wedding,," 12 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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