world·​wide | \ ˈwərl(d)-ˈwīd How to pronounce worldwide (audio) \

Definition of worldwide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extended throughout or involving the entire world



Definition of worldwide (Entry 2 of 2)

: throughout the world

Examples of worldwide in a Sentence


News of the attack attracted worldwide attention.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Washington is also considering removing Turkey from the worldwide production system established to build F-35s. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Pausing Deliveries of F-35 Equipment to Turkey," 3 Apr. 2019 Nick Fury tells Captain America that S.H.I.E.L.D. is building a worldwide surveillance system that can kill anybody. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Avengers: Infinity War Is Almost Here. Here’s What to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe Before You Go," 23 Apr. 2018 After Glee became a worldwide phenomenon, however, Salling struggled with the downsides to fame. Melody Chiu,, "Mark Salling 'Was Dealing with Demons' But Did Not Seek Help: Family Source," 31 Jan. 2018 Oei, a competitive Irish Step dancer, who has placed as high as fifth in worldwide competitions, also won preliminary awards for talent and lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit on June 8. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Hebron's Oei Wins Miss Connecticut Crown," 19 June 2018 Assisting them are the Department of Justice, with its own worldwide system of secret agents, and the post office department, whose inspectors exercise constant vigilance to keep the mails closed to the smuggler. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Creating a worldwide frenzy over her foundation line which included 40 different shades, promising a color match for everyone. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna is Reportedly Launching a Luxury Fashion House," 17 Jan. 2019 More than 100 airports worldwide use biometric readers from Clear, Vision-Box and other companies to scan passengers. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans," 12 Dec. 2018 But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Taboola has about 1,100 employees worldwide and has raised $157 million in funding. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Taboola Makes Acquisition to Bolster Its Take on Apple News," 4 Mar. 2019 Prior to the protest, The New York Times reported that more than 1,500 Google employees worldwide were expected to participate in Thursday's walkout. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Google Employees Across the World Walk Out to Protest Company's Handling of Sexual Misconduct Reports," 1 Nov. 2018 The company has 20 locations and about 16,100 employees worldwide. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kevin Wheeler to become next CEO of Milwaukee water technology company A.O. Smith," 11 July 2018 With about $19 billion in 2017 sales and 54,000 employees worldwide, the GE Healthcare division remains a monumental business. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "5 ways General Electric is shrinking as an American corporate icon," 26 June 2018 Insiders quip that the company, with more than 14,000 employees worldwide, is so focused that no matter what the problem, the solution is always a fan., "Germany Has Thrived With Engineering. But the Future Is Digital," 12 June 2018 The combined business will be among Portland's biggest tech companies, with more than 600 employees worldwide - about a third of them in Portland. Mike Rogoway,, "Stephen Marsh, founding CEO of Smarsh, stepping down," 17 May 2018 According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 322 million people worldwide live with depression. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Opens Up About Mental Health on Instagram," 10 Mar. 2019 According to the World Health Organization, depression is an extremely common mental health disorder affecting more than 300 million people of all ages worldwide. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Brother James Wrote a Powerful Essay About Mental Health," 12 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of worldwide


1821, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of worldwide

: happening or existing in all parts of the world


world·​wide | \ ˈwərld-ˈwīd How to pronounce worldwide (audio) \

Kids Definition of worldwide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extending over or involving the entire world She received worldwide attention.



Kids Definition of worldwide (Entry 2 of 2)

: throughout the world This program is being broadcast worldwide.

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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