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

The company sold about 40,000 new motorbikes last year in Europe, equivalent to a sixth of its worldwide sales, making the region its most important market after the United States. Alan Rappeport,, "Harley-Davidson will move some production out of US," 25 June 2018 The company sold about 40,000 new motorbikes last year in Europe, equivalent to a sixth of its worldwide sales, making the region its most important market after the United States. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Harley-Davidson, Blaming E.U. Tariffs, Will Move Some Production Out of U.S.," 25 June 2018 The track quickly accumulated more than 6.5 million worldwide sales and saw the former recruitment officer from Hull nominated for the BRIT Awards for British Single of the Year. Billboard Radio China, Billboard, "British Singer Calum Scott Adds Asia Dates to Debut Tour," 21 June 2018 Bocelli has worldwide album sales of more than 85 million. Carolina Gusman,, "Andrea Bocelli returns to the San Diego stage after 20 years," 17 June 2018 Novartis, which is also seeking approval in Europe and Japan, is expected to reap worldwide sales for Kymriah of about $156 million this year, according to market forecaster Evaluate Ltd. Marie Mccullough,, "FDA expands approval for world's first T-cell therapy," 1 May 2018 The men sang from the steps of San Francisco City Hall — and a worldwide LGBT choral movement was born. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "The S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus, part of history itself, sings it out in ‘Unbreakable’," 14 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

About 3 million people worldwide are exposed to organophosphates every year, accounting for 300,000 deaths, the NCBI reports. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Colorado couple: We were sickened at same Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died," 6 June 2019 The biggest hack of 2018, against Marriott International, affected 383 million people worldwide. The Washington Post,, "LabCorp data breach puts 7.7 million people at risk," 5 June 2019 The bright green comet that conveniently made its appearance just ahead of the holidays—and came to be known as the Christmas comet—will continue to be visible for several more days from some locations worldwide, National Public Radio confirms. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To See The Christmas Comet Before It's Too Late," 17 Dec. 2018 The company went from over 9,000 locations worldwide in 2004 to exactly one in America and five in Australia in 2018 after the rise of streaming services killed the home video rental market. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "What we lost when we lost Blockbuster Video," 29 Aug. 2018 Burger outfits such as New York’s Shake Shack, which has more than 160 locations worldwide, and Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers, which has outposts in 17 states and Canada, have announced plans to open in San Francisco within the last six months. Justin Phillips,, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 The audience was also treated to an exclusive look at the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, the follow up to the 2015 stop-animation hit that earned some $110 million worldwide. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "CineEurope: StudioCanal Teases 'Radioactive,' 'Secret Garden' and 'Shaun the Sheep 2'," 11 June 2018 Farhadi, an acclaimed Iranian director, earned worldwide press last year for boycotting the Oscars during Donald Trump’s travel ban (his acclaimed film, The Salesman, went on to win best foreign film). Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz get standing ovation on Cannes opening night for 'Everybody Knows'," 9 May 2018 Zac also had starring roles in Neighbors, 17 Again, and, of course The Greatest Showman, which grossed about $435 million worldwide. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Zac Efron's Net Worth Would Shock Even Sharpay Evans," 8 May 2019

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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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