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 During a worldwide pandemic, that stress can increase exponentially. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "5 health mistakes to avoid repeating in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 The worst part has been the on again, off again football playoffs in the midst of the worldwide pandemic, which prematurely ended the boys and girls basketball state tournaments last March and prevented the spring sports from even beginning. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "MHSAA struggling to schedule, well, anything as pandemic maintains grip on life," 27 Dec. 2020 Uploaded on April 6, Bublé's video was one of many livestreams posted by musicians during the early months of quarantine due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Michael Buble’s Quarantine Cookie-Baking Clip Leads Year-End Top Facebook Live Videos Chart," 23 Dec. 2020 Data has shown that lonely adults are about 1.64 times more likely to develop dementia compared with those who don't self-report loneliness, according to a 2015 review of worldwide studies. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Loneliness can help grow parts of brain tied to imagination, study finds," 16 Dec. 2020 Board members said some of the criticisms were unwarranted, citing a need to be cautious when trying to return staff and students safely to school while a worldwide pandemic continues. Steve Schering,, "Students could return to Oak Park District 97 schools by Feb. 1, administrators say," 3 Dec. 2020 Barely two years into his job as the top education official in the state, Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey faced a worldwide pandemic that would flip education and the role of schools on its head. al, "AL Superintendent Eric Mackey: “Maybe for the first time... people really do understand” educators," 18 Dec. 2020 Who could have foreseen a worldwide pandemic coming and throwing everything—including the world of cookbooks—into chaotic, extraordinary realignment? Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, stressing that a pandemic is not triggered by a certain level of death or destruction but by worldwide spread. Washington Post, "Rep.-elect Bob Good calls the pandemic ‘phony.’ Covid-19 has killed more than 300 in his district.," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Her thoughts had turned to the 2003 pandemic that infected 8,000 people, and killed nearly 800, worldwide. Erin Allday,, "Portrait of a virus: How the perfect pathogen swept the globe and shut down our world," 31 Dec. 2020 One of those viruses, severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, originated in China in late 2002 and killed 774 people worldwide, but none in the United States. David Willman, Anchorage Daily News, "The CDC’s failed race to roll out a virus test," 26 Dec. 2020 The virus has infected over 79 million people and has killed over 1.7 million worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. Lynnette Cantos,, "No coronavirus report on Christmas, Florida health department says," 25 Dec. 2020 About 3 million Oregonians will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, which has killed nearly 2 million people worldwide. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 908 new cases in the state, 7 deaths as vaccine rollout continues," 25 Dec. 2020 The pandemic had killed more than 1 million people worldwide by that point. USA Today, "How USA TODAY covered the White House coronavirus outbreak: A timeline.," 24 Dec. 2020 Like just about every community, the world of music suffered a brutal 2020, partly at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "Remembering the musicians we lost in 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Having to adjust the vaccine would be a blow for the rollout of immunization campaigns and rein in the pandemic that has so far killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide., "BioNTech CEO Confident Vaccine Will Work on U.K. Covid-19 Variant," 22 Dec. 2020 The disease killed thousands of Arizonans and more than 1 million people worldwide. Rachel Leingang,, "15 ways COVID-19 made its mark on Arizona in 2020," 21 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Worldwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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