widespread

adjective wide·spread \ ˈwīd-ˈspred \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of widespread

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

Examples of widespread in a Sentence

  1. There is widespread public interest in the election.

  2. Trade partners had become more widespread.

  3. There was widespread opposition to the plan.

Recent Examples of widespread from the Web

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First Known Use of widespread

1582

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WIDESPREAD Defined for English Language Learners

widespread

Definition of widespread for English Language Learners

  • : common over a wide area or among many people


WIDESPREAD Defined for Kids

widespread

adjective wide·spread \ ˈwīd-ˈspred \

Definition of widespread for Students

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


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