wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having great extent : vast a wide area
b : extending over a vast area : extensive a wide reputation
c : extending throughout a specified area or scope usually used in combination nationwideindustry-wide
d : comprehensive, inclusive a wide assortment
2a : having a specified extension from side to side 3 feet wide
b : having much extent between the sides : broad a wide doorway
c : fully opened wide-eyed
3a : extending or fluctuating considerably between limits a wide variation
b : straying or deviating from something specified used with of the accusation was wide of the truth
4 of an animal ration : relatively rich in carbohydrate as compared with protein

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : over a great distance or extent : widely searched far and wide
b : over a specified distance, area, or extent usually used in combination expanded the business country-wide
2a : so as to leave much space or distance between placed wide apart
b : so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance ran wide around left end
3 : to the fullest extent : completely, fully wide open

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Other Words from wide

Adjective

wideness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wide

Adjective

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side. a broad avenue wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned rugs eight feet wide or applied to unfilled space between limits. a wide doorway broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered. broad shoulders deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point. a deep cupboard deep woods

Examples of wide in a Sentence

Adjective

the widest part of the river The desk is three feet wide. How wide is the doorway? Her eyes were wide with wonder. We have a wide range of options. a job calling for wide experience The election received wide news coverage.

Adverb

The poles were placed wide apart. He opened his eyes wide. They spread the map out wide. His mouth was wide open. They like to hike through wide open spaces.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Then a wide-eyed freshman, Watson didn’t play a snap in the game. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After watching and learning in 2018, tailback Nakia Watson is ready to help Badgers now if needed," 5 Sep. 2019 Center Market: Typical of all the markets, Alex Davis says AD Farm will have loads of fresh produce, highlighted by late-season crops like Brussels sprouts, a wide variety of potatoes, cabbage and fennel. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "'Piles and piles’: Fresh Alaska vegetables are plentiful at farmers markets," 5 Sep. 2019 Not all academic divisions have a two-year associate degree option, but the list is long enough to entice students with a wide variety of interests. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "How much money can you save by going to a 2-year college?," 3 Sep. 2019 The category includes the wide variety of information everyday internet users post, from shopping reviews, Instagram photos and Wikipedia entries to dating app profiles, TripAdvisor recommendations and real-estate listings. NBC News, "Why Republicans (and even a couple of Democrats) want to throw out tech's favorite law," 2 Sep. 2019 From a beer and wine hybrid to a beer made with marshmallows and pistachio nuts, the seven releases show off the wide variety of flavor combinations brewed at what's arguably Arizona's most famous brewery. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Arizona Wilderness will drop 7 limited release beers on Labor Day weekend. Here's the list," 30 Aug. 2019 For over 20 years, Harris has been consistently making his mark in the music industry, writing and producing a wide variety of worldwide hits. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Tip 'T.I.' Harris to Launch New Podcast That Will Address a Wide Realm of Social Issues," 29 Aug. 2019 Of note: the wide variety of lightweight travel-friendly scarves, from a colorful wool Gucci number to a silk Rag & Bone bandana. Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Labor Day Sales 2019: All Our Favorite Things to Shop This Weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 For nearly two decades, Tepper and others have used that checklist to gauge the experiences of employees in a wide variety of jobs, including sales, tech, education and health care. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Ronstadt grew up in Tucson and got her wide-ranging taste from a musical family that loved to sing. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ stirs the soul," 5 Sep. 2019 As part of a wide-ranging integration plan, San Antonio now assesses all of its students for gifted instruction starting in third grade, using multiple measures. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Should a Single Test Decide a 4-Year-Old’s Educational Future?," 4 Sep. 2019 The Obamas inked a wide-ranging production deal with Netflix last year to help make original TV shows, movies, and documentaries. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The Obamas are officially Oscar contenders," 3 Sep. 2019 Violinist and video production expert Mark Dumm put together an amusing and surprisingly wide-ranging contest that allowed hundreds to participate at once, via smartphone. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra hits the mark with ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’," 3 Sep. 2019 Work didn’t mention artificial intelligence in his speech, and his initial description of technologies was wide-ranging, focused on the idea of agility and flexibility rather than a specific type of military weapon. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 With the wide-ranging selection of cheesesteaks, pizza and house sauce creations, the restaurant should keep you on your toes even on your second and third visits, and beyond. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Pizza and Cheesesteaks name of game at new Tono’s in Maplewood," 27 Aug. 2019 Now Dhliwayo is focused on curating a series sharing wide-ranging stories of healing from black and brown folks. Ryan Walker-hartshorn, Bon Appétit, "Sinikiwe Dhliwayo Wants Everyone to Chill Out in Triangle Pose," 27 Aug. 2019 Hopefully the results of this important study will have wide-ranging benefits for the rest of the world. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Apparently Scientists Have Found a Way to Eliminate Mosquitoes," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of wide

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wide

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English wīd; akin to Old High German wīt wide

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wide

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extending a great distance from one side to the other : not narrow
: measured from side to side : having a specified width
: opened as far as possible

wide

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

: at a great distance
: to the side of something by a large distance
: to the fullest extent : as fully as possible

wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a large measure across : broad a wide street a wide grin
2 : opened as far as possible Her eyes were wide with wonder.
3 : covering a very large area a wide expanse of ocean
4 : measured across or at right angles to length The cloth is three feet wide.
5 : not limited : having a large extent There's a wide range of choices.
6 : to the side of : away from The shot was wide of the goal.

Other Words from wide

widely adverb a widely held belief

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : over a wide area He's traveled far and wide.
2 : to the limit : completely The door was wide open.

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