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

Adjective News of the attack attracted worldwide attention.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With word-of-mouth proliferation and zero marketing, the company grew from that small garage in Santa Cruz into a worldwide phenomenon. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 According to a March 2019 report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the EU Intellectual Property Office, counterfeit and pirated products make up approximately 3.3% of worldwide trade. Time, "'This Is What Most People Go Through Here on the Block.' The Jewelers of the Diamond District on What's Real and What's Fiction in Uncut Gems," 8 Jan. 2020 The planemaker’s reputation and finances have been battered after the Max disasters killed 346 people and prompted a worldwide grounding. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, "Boeing CEO is Out as 737 MAX Crisis Deepens," 23 Dec. 2019 The film has earned $24 million in China, a healthy share of its $124 million worldwide total. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'Jumanji 2' Levels Down With Soft $25M Opening," 9 Dec. 2019 From the 1,000 total, 113 restaurants from the U.S. made the worldwide list. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Phoenix's food scene got a whole lot of recognition in 2019. Here are 12 takeaways," 31 Dec. 2019 The project eventually will represent nearly 20 percent of Noble's worldwide oil and gas production, according to the company. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Noble starts up massive Leviathan project in Israel," 31 Dec. 2019 The 18-foot menorah and lighting ceremony is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched in 1974 by the Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to publicize the story of the Hanukkah miracle. Madeline Mitchell,, "Fountain Square to kick off Hanukkah celebration with 18-foot menorah," 20 Dec. 2019 Eight years later the song remains beloved, once again getting worldwide play when Avicii tragically passed away in 2018, at the age of 28. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Songs That Defined the Decade: Avicii's 'Levels'," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Joker also grossed more than $1 billion worldwide—in fact, most of the Best Picture nominees were financial successes that have outperformed expectations at the box office. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Breaking Down the 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 Australia's government has maintained there is no direct link between climate change and the devastating fires, a position that has prompted activists to plan worldwide protests for Friday. NBC News, "Australians urged to flee as huge wildfires revitalize," 9 Jan. 2020 Avengers: Endgame, which earned $2.8 billion worldwide, alone made almost as much as every Warner Bros. movie combined. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "2019 was Disney’s biggest year ever, but 2020 will be its most important," 20 Dec. 2019 At the moment maintenance of a worldwide installed base of 16m lifts is a far less concentrated business, largely thanks to a bevy of small Chinese competitors. The Economist, "A huge lift business is up for sale," 14 Nov. 2019 Nevertheless, audiences and critics adored the film, and the Hail Mary paid off, grossing a whopping-for-the-time $222 million worldwide won two Academy Awards. Michael Landis, Smithsonian, "‘The Little Mermaid’ Was Way More Subversive Than You Realized," 5 Nov. 2019 Tiger Woods has accomplished pretty much all there is to accomplish in golf, with 15 major titles, vast riches and worldwide fame. Matt Bonesteel,, "Tiger Woods says he wants to add Olympic gold to all those green jackets," 18 Oct. 2019 With a record six films topping $1 billion each worldwide in 2019, Disney became the first studio ever to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "2019 Box Office: Here’s What Worked and What Didn’t," 30 Dec. 2019 Sam Shine, 86, founder of Samtec, a New Albany, Indianabased manufacturer of electronic cable and connectors that has about 5,000 employees worldwide and reported revenues of more than $700 million in 2017. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'The Hefty Lefty,' the 'Queen of Horseracing' and other notable lives lost in 2019," 20 Dec. 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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“Worldwide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce worldwide (audio)

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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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