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 city has seized worldwide attention as the scene of some of the worst suffering of the war, including deadly airstrikes on a maternity hospital and a theater. Yesica Fisch, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 The city has seized worldwide attention as the scene of some of the worst suffering of the war, including deadly airstrikes on a maternity hospital and a theater. Adam Schreck, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 Sherri Papini who drew worldwide attention in 2016 after claiming she was kidnapped while out jogging near her home, has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and lying to the FBI about the incident. Damon Arthur, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2022 That creation drew worldwide attention and is still considered one of the most recognizable looks ever worn to a Met Gala. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 In 1969, off California’s coast, an ecological disaster gained worldwide attention. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Putin's war on the country, which has now entered its second month, has drawn worldwide condemnation for its baseless foundation and high casualty rate among civilian Ukrainians. Joey Nolfi And Yolanda Machado,, 4 Apr. 2022 Now, with the discovery of the wreck, worldwide obsession with Shackleton and Endurance continues—the Royal Geographical Society in London is currently showing a collection of images from the 1914 expedition. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 30 Mar. 2022 Tony reported to Jeff Wilke, then the head of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business and one of Bezos’ top lieutenants at the time. Katherine Sayre, Wired, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb His opinion about the company's sale, however, has symbolic weight considering his history in creating the service that now has 217 million daily active users worldwide and serves as a public bulletin board for the digital age. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 News of the pup's bad luck spread worldwide, leading Battersea Brands Hatch to receive mountains of mail from Luke's growing fanbase. Kelli Bender,, 11 Apr. 2022 The company almost tripled in size during the pandemic and has about 600 employees worldwide. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 The company has 12,500 employees worldwide and posted sales of $4.25 billion in 2021, according to its website. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 The Facebook page Pysanky for Ukraine has more than 8,000 followers worldwide, many posting photos of their own eggs along with words of encouragement for those threatened or displaced by the war. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, 9 Apr. 2022 But Räsänen’s win should have ramifications for free speech and freedom of religion worldwide, too. Sean Nelson, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Another, and newer, factor in the genre’s worldwide spread? Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2022 Today, Crunchyroll has more than 1,000 employees in 14 offices worldwide and is looking to hire more than 100 staffers. Todd Spangler, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Worldwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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