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

Since being voted off the variety show in 2010, the 32-year-old musician has gone on to become a worldwide success. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'America's Got Talent' Violinist Lindsey Stirling Will "Never" Be on 'Champions'," 20 Dec. 2018 SpaceX is raising $500 million from investors to help build its worldwide satellite broadband network, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX raising $500 million to help build satellite broadband network," 18 Dec. 2018 Two Amazon executives — Brian Huseman, a VP of public policy, and Holly Sullivan, worldwide head of economic development — were also in the audience and faced a grilling from council members who pressed the company on several topics. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 The Marriot hotel chain has announced a major database breach that could affect anyone who stayed at its 6,700 worldwide Starwood hotel properties since 2014—up to 500 million people in total. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know," 30 Nov. 2018 If true, this experiment could have worldwide effects — and there’s no law that prevents it from happening in the US or anywhere else. Angela Chen, The Verge, "If someone wants to create gene-edited babies, who would stop them?," 26 Nov. 2018 Stacey, a baker from Chicago, gets invited to participate in a worldwide Christmas baking competition that takes place in (the very fictional) Belgravia. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Vanessa Hudgens' New Movie "The Princess Switch"," 20 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Kelela’s worldwide tour has been coming through our feed in style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 17 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Dua Lipa Goes Romantic, Emily Ratajkowski Has a New Friend, and More," 18 Aug. 2018 That coalition called for sustained transparency, an independent and worldwide public audit, and a public commitment to equal enforcement of standards across every territory that Facebook is active in. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook admits it screwed up on Myanmar — but it refuses to take all the blame," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Apple also revealed there are 100 million active Mac devices worldwide, compared to the 1.5 billion active Windows PCs figure that Microsoft briefly revealed last weekend before replacing it with the company’s 700 million Windows 10 figure. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple’s new MacBook Air faces strong Windows and iPad competition," 4 Nov. 2018 The former intelligence officials that spoke with Yahoo believe that the compromise of CIA assets may have been worldwide. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it," 2 Nov. 2018 In 2017, there were only 88 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, five of which were fatal, compared to the hundreds of millions of people who swam safely in the oceans. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "Should I Worry About Sharks in the Northeast?," 21 Sep. 2018 Refugees remain outside the U.S. while their applications are considered, while asylum applicants are people who are already in the U.S. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said there are 68.5 million displaced people worldwide. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. to Cap Refugee Admissions at 30,000 in 2019, Pompeo Says," 17 Sep. 2018 While the use of computers and worldwide networking is a benefit to all of the jet’s operators, the U.S. military and F-35 customers worldwide must be sure the aircraft—and the equipment that supports it—is properly armored against cyber threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35's Greatest Vulnerability Isn't Enemy Weapons. It's Being Hacked.," 14 Nov. 2018 Of the 23 million or so people worldwide who have schizophrenia, the World Health Organization estimates that 12 million are men and 9 million are women. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 UTIs are familiar to many people — about 150 million people worldwide every year, in fact, making them one of the most common bacterial infections. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "This Is Why You Keep Getting UTIs After Sex," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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