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 The event will also include a selection of interactive experiences for both in-person attendees and a worldwide streaming audience. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Lil Wayne Inks Deal To Bring 4/20 Parties To L.A. Coliseum," 7 Apr. 2021 Along with new programs and schedules, look for an upcoming TV show that will expand the reach—and elevate the profile—of the new Radford Racing School to a worldwide audience. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Radford Racing School Puts an Already Iconic Academy in Overdrive," 23 Mar. 2021 Minnesota’s exports continued to fall sharply in the third quarter, though not by quite as much as in previous months, as the pandemic continued to depress worldwide demand for the state’s products. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's exports fell 14% in third quarter, according to DEED report," 4 Dec. 2020 Crude oil prices that had traded at more than $60 a barrel in December plunged to $44 in February and again to $20 in March as major oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia failed to cut back supply in the face of shriveling worldwide demand. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "With stimulus stalled, shortfalls in tax revenues leave states facing layoffs, service cuts," 21 Oct. 2020 In previous downturns, oil and gas firms could readily get funding from investors who saw an upward trajectory for the worldwide demand of crude oil. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Oil industry unlikely to recover until 2022," 19 Oct. 2020 Then the pandemic hit, sending worldwide demand for air travel into a tailspin. Alexander Coolidge,, "Faces of the Coronavirus Recession: How the downturn is affecting lives and votes in Ohio," 15 Oct. 2020 The company predicted that worldwide demand for military planes, drones, satellites and other products will be $2.6 trillion over the next decade, nearly matching the airliner market. David Koenig,, "Boeing says coronavirus pandemic will cut demand for its jets for a decade," 6 Oct. 2020 Earlier this year, the pandemic forced numerous concert and show cancellations in a worldwide effort to contain the spread. Claudia Harmata,, "Cardi B Says She Wishes She Could Perform 'WAP' Live: I Would Have 'Went Crazy'," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb While previous research had studied the microbial composition of sourdough starters in small regional samples, the new study is the first to look at such a large sample worldwide. ABC News, "Fantastic yeasts and where to find them: The science behind sourdough starters," 4 Apr. 2021 Instead of requiems for the lost, Christians worldwide will celebrate life. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: The dawn," 4 Apr. 2021 May, 2020: Chase and Sadie's story of love amid terminal cancer captures the hearts of millions and their story spreads worldwide. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie's incredible journey of love amid cancer," 4 Apr. 2021 Millions of members worldwide gathered virtually Saturday around their cellphones, laptops, televisions and radios to receive counsel from their leaders. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from LDS General Conference: Apostle denounces cyberbullying, attacks on people of color," 3 Apr. 2021 Home Depot added 89,000 jobs worldwide, a 21% increase, while Lowe's added another 20,000, to grow employment 6%. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Jobs in these industries are already back to pre-pandemic levels," 2 Apr. 2021 In 1987, he was selected as a delegate to a conference put on by the Italian government in Rome for the purpose of promoting the Italian language and culture worldwide. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jeff Capaccio, Silicon Valley political operative and Italian cultural ambassador, dies of heart attack at 62," 2 Apr. 2021 Morrison has covered stories worldwide, interviewing everyone from presidents and prime ministers, student protesters under fire in Tiananmen Square, to criminals, teachers, artists, actors and authors. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, "Meet Keith Morrison, Correspondent for Killer Role," 2 Apr. 2021 At that point, fewer than half a million people had been vaccinated worldwide. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Oligarch of the Month: Rupert Murdoch," 2 Apr. 2021

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1821, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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17 Apr 2021

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“Worldwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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