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

As the tournament grows in terms of exposure and reach to a growing worldwide audience, the world will serve witness to a new crop of future key players in the global soccer scene. Juan Pimiento,, "From Tolisso to Lozano, players to watch in Russia 2018," 13 June 2018 But over 6 minutes, captured live on video for a worldwide audience, Sacramento police did not move to restrain Clark or his unruly entourage. NBC News, "Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offers measured response in wake of unrest," 7 Apr. 2018 SUBSCRIBE NOW Angie Drobnic Holan is editor of Politifact, a leading worldwide fact-checking organization. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Meet ‘America’s No. 1 Enemy of Fake News’ on Tuesday | Charlotte Observer," 18 Jan. 2018 Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said the new program is not a response to Trump, but a way to make sure that the company can deliver its growing number of orders. Washington Post, "Move over UPS truck: Amazon delivery vans to hit the street," 28 June 2018 Outside of parenting, Pratt is in the midst of a worldwide promotion tour for the sequel, Fallen Kingdom. Mike Miller,, "Chris Pratt Turns 39! Actor Is Busy with Work and Son in Wake of Anna Faris Split," 21 June 2018 The worldwide tour concludes Nov. 9 in New Zealand. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' tour," 5 May 2018 Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Avicii reportedly committed suicide with broken glass bottle," 1 May 2018 Geo’s worldwide operations include the ownership or management of 141 prisons or detention centers — existing and under development — totaling about 96,000 beds, with a work force of about 23,000. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Prison operator Geo anticipates increased business from illegal immigrant detention," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The typical bourbon barrel is 53 U.S. gallons in size, which is the de facto standard whisky barrel size worldwide. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Barton 1792 spill filled big bourbon ponds with thousands of gallons," 6 July 2018 Research suggests that more than 40 percent of adults worldwide in the general population have attempted to lose weight at some point. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Martin said being accredited by the AACSB ranks the Ancell School among the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Matthew Ormseth,, "Western Connecticut State Business School Earns Accreditation," 7 May 2018 This agreement reflects a commitment from both parties to the Phoenix community, the state of Arizona and Suns fans worldwide. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Devin Booker signs five-year, $158 million extension with Suns," 7 July 2018 Now fans worldwide can sample a roasting live. 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 29 – July 5," 28 June 2018 The blockbuster adaptation of the Marvel comic book, which is set in the mythical African nation of Wakanda, has earned $1.3 billion worldwide. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet woman who created Wakanda's jewelry for 'Black Panther'," 28 June 2018 The disclosure adds to public distrust of Facebook, whose social network has more than 2 billion users worldwide, and which owns other popular divisions like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Laura Litvan,, "Facebook’s data-sharing with Chinese firms roils key lawmakers," 7 June 2018 More than 258 million people worldwide are international migrants, according to the United Nations, and that number will only grow in coming years. Megan Specia, New York Times, "U.N. Agrees on Migration Pact, but U.S. Is Conspicuously Absent," 13 July 2018

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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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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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