world·​wide | \ˈwərl(d)-ˈwīd \

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

In this all-new entry to the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon, the young super heroes must venture to Atlantis when the powerful Book of Legends is suddenly stolen from Super Hero High. Phillip Molnar,, "Comic Con 2018: Here's your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2018 Gaming culture is especially popular in Korea, but has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that is projected to be raking in $90 billion by 2020. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: Prison reform, computer games, gay marriage, silent Super 8," 21 June 2018 His exploits with Liverpool, which earned him two player of the year awards as well as the African Player of the Year title, have made him into a worldwide sensation. James Masters, CNN, "Mohamed Salah and the hope of 100 million Egyptians: 'I don't feel the pressure'," 14 June 2018 His first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was published in 2005 and became a worldwide phenomenon. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Girl In The Spider’s Web," 7 June 2018 New Orleans joined in the worldwide phenomenon in 2013, growing from 850 people to what was estimated 5,000 in 2017, taking up at least a 1/4 mile of Lakeshore Drive. Sue Strachan,, "Diner en Blanc New Orleans 2018 postponed due to weather," 25 May 2018 Since the film hit theaters in February and became a worldwide sensation, Black Panther has popped up in a few notable SNL moments, especially in the episode hosted by Sterling K. Brown. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Chadwick Boseman Teases 'SNL' For Running Out of 'Black Panther' Ideas," 8 Apr. 2018 In 2002, enthusiastic Bay Area audiences helped spur a worldwide sensation. G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s world returns in ‘Leaning Into the Wind’," 7 Mar. 2018 Growing up in Oklahoma in the early '90s, Garth Brooks was not only a worldwide sensation but also a fellow Okie. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "The enduring magic of Garth Brooks," 21 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Qualcomm opened its Snapdragon Technology Summit as a cheerleader, evangelizing the 5G wireless technology that’s rolling out worldwide from chipmakers, carriers, and smartphone makers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 The announcement that the royals are expecting their first child will thrill royal family fans worldwide. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Pregnant, and the Royal Baby Is Due in Spring 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 There are three different tours of The Illusionists at the moment: one that travels around the U.S., another on Broadway, and a worldwide set. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Illusionists of 'America's Got Talent' Have a Surprisingly Familiar Face In Their Cast," 22 Aug. 2018 When news broke back in May that McDonald's shareholders would be voting on whether or not to phase out plastic straws at all its locations worldwide, Nielsen assured Refinery29 that behavior changes can happen. Olivia Harrison,, "Starbucks Plans To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Straws By 2020," 9 July 2018 Hawaii is set to become the first location worldwide to ban certain sunscreens in an attempt to protect the environment from harmful chemicals. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Hawaii to Become First in the World to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to the Environment," 2 July 2018 To many major fashion designers, there’s no relevance in the fact that Christian Siriano has tripled his business by including plus-sizes or that Savage X Fenty has received worldwide acclaim for featuring a diverse cast of models on the runway. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana's 'Chinese Chopsticks' Ad Isn't the Only Reason We Should Stop Supporting Them," 21 Nov. 2018 The worldwide smart home device market — including smart speakers, digital media adapters, lighting, thermostats, home monitoring and security devices — is expected to grow 27 percent this year to about 550 million units, according to IDC. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Every country is unique, and having equal standards worldwide risks missing crucial pieces of context. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook admits it screwed up on Myanmar — but it refuses to take all the blame," 6 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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