wide·​spread | \ ˈwīd-ˈspred How to pronounce widespread (audio) \

Definition of widespread

1 : widely diffused or prevalent widespread public interest
2 : widely extended or spread out low, widespread hood and fendersTime a widespread erosion surface— C. B. Hitchcock

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Examples of widespread in a Sentence

There is widespread public interest in the election. Trade partners had become more widespread. There was widespread opposition to the plan.
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The beloved period drama put its current season on pause after star Lori Loughlin's involvement in the widespread college admissions scam. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Released a New Ornament to Help You Survive the Show's Hiatus," 14 Apr. 2019 After years when doping was widespread in Russian sport, the agency hails the rise as the result of better education and legitimate sports medicine. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals," 12 Apr. 2019 If Nielsen wasn’t tough enough, there should be widespread fear about who will be. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Kirstjen Nielsen, Who Oversaw Family Separation at the Border, Apparently Wasn’t Tough Enough for Trump," 8 Apr. 2019 One of the most popular and widespread aspects of the Hallyu wave? Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Best New K-Dramas of 2019 to Binge-Watch," 26 Mar. 2019 Clarke also thanked her fans and followers for the widespread responses to her experience. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Headey Supports Game of Thrones Co-Star Emilia Clarke After She Opened Up About Her Brain Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 The leadership of both FCA and the union have denied the case was indicative of widespread corruption, saying it was instead limited to a few bad actors. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 English is more widespread in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, Russia's western-most city. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles," 20 June 2018 The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of action — sick-outs, strikes, viral face-to-face encounters with senators, and widespread national media attention on the youth movement to address climate change. Isha Tobis Clarke, Teen Vogue, "What the Youth Climate Strike Felt Like as a Woman of Color," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of widespread

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of widespread was in 1582

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English Language Learners Definition of widespread

: common over a wide area or among many people


wide·​spread | \ ˈwīd-ˈspred How to pronounce widespread (audio) \

Kids Definition of widespread

1 : widely stretched out widespread wings
2 : widely scattered widespread public interest

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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