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 In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome. Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time," 16 Oct. 2020 In the year since Ordnance Lab was created there has been a worldwide pandemic, challenges to the national model for policing and a historically divisive election. Eric Dexheimer,, "Tiki-torch Molotov cocktails and a ‘Syrian Hell Cannon’: Ordnance Lab blows up the internet," 16 Oct. 2020 That meet was bumped to 2022 when the worldwide coronavirus pandemic forced the Tokyo Olympics to delay for one year. oregonlive, "University of Oregon’s Hayward Field lands the NCAA Track & Field Championships from 2024-27," 14 Oct. 2020 Eight months into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are facing the biggest financial challenge in aviation history with no end in sight as coronavirus cases continue to rise in some areas. Dallas News, "American Airlines cuts November schedule by nearly half ‘to match low demand’," 5 Oct. 2020 After nine years in retirement, and recovery from a dangerous injury, the now 42-year-old is attempting a comeback in the face of a worldwide pandemic. Amy Wray And Rachael Scott, CNN, "Gold medalist Laura Wilkinson attempts Olympic comeback after nearly a decade in retirement," 3 Oct. 2020 As senior vp of global creative content, Kedros will be responsible for implementing BMGPM’s global content strategy, including all worldwide production and ongoing third-party label representation deals. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Atlantic Shuffles Marketing Department, Sony & Tencent Solidify Liquid State Label Head," 9 Oct. 2020 But then came the coronavirus pandemic, which saw worldwide aviation halted and robbed the entire UAE of its crucial tourism market. Jon Gambrell,, "UAE sheikhdom hopes Bear Grylls camp draws pandemic tourists," 9 Oct. 2020 The killing, captured on a bystander's cellphone video, went viral on the internet, prompting worldwide outrage and widespread civil unrest in Minnesota and across the country. Dan Browning, Star Tribune, "Citing safety concerns, judge lets Derek Chauvin live outside of Minnesota pending his trial in killing of George Floyd," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb At the end of 2019, Amazon had about 175 fulfillment facilities worldwide. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "This ace engineer powered Amazon through the COVID crisis," 19 Oct. 2020 Those cooler temperatures can have an effect on climate patterns worldwide. Leigh Morgan, al, "NOAA releases winter outlook: Any hope for snow in Alabama?," 15 Oct. 2020 The company, whose products are used by Verizon, eBay and Adobe among other companies, has more than 2,100 employees worldwide and is creating a hybrid work model to have employees work remotely some days and in the office on others. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.," 13 Oct. 2020 India has the second-highest number of cases worldwide, behind the United States. Vedika Sud, CNN, "Vikas Khanna, the Indian Michelin-star chef feeding millions from New York," 12 Oct. 2020 The online retail giant expects to have 10,000 of the Rivian electric delivery vans on the road worldwide by 2022, ramping up to the full 100,000 order by 2030. Robert Channick,, "Amazon unveils prototype of Rivian electric delivery van being built in Illinois, with plans to start hitting the road next year," 8 Oct. 2020 Yet, regardless of the public’s trust in science, the U.S. has the most coronavirus cases and deaths worldwide and one of the highest infection rates. Jacob Carter, Scientific American, "The American Public Still Trusts Scientists, Says a New Pew Survey," 29 Sep. 2020 The bakery chain, which has more than 1,000 shops worldwide, is also offering online ordering for the first time, with free shipping for mooncakes. Washington Post, "Perspective | Every fall, I celebrate the Moon Festival with mooncakes. This year, I’m ordering them online.," 18 Sep. 2020 The company had 18,300 employees worldwide at the end of September 2019 and is headquartered in downtown Cleveland, a fact the company does not advertise. Lydia Depillis, cleveland, "The big corporate rescue and the America that’s too small to save," 12 Sep. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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