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 From the 1,000 total, 113 restaurants from the U.S. made the worldwide list. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Phoenix's food scene got a whole lot of recognition in 2019. Here are 12 takeaways," 31 Dec. 2019 The project eventually will represent nearly 20 percent of Noble's worldwide oil and gas production, according to the company. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Noble starts up massive Leviathan project in Israel," 31 Dec. 2019 The 18-foot menorah and lighting ceremony is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched in 1974 by the Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to publicize the story of the Hanukkah miracle. Madeline Mitchell,, "Fountain Square to kick off Hanukkah celebration with 18-foot menorah," 20 Dec. 2019 Eight years later the song remains beloved, once again getting worldwide play when Avicii tragically passed away in 2018, at the age of 28. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Songs That Defined the Decade: Avicii's 'Levels'," 21 Nov. 2019 The new Aladdin suffered a similar fate: The original, which came out in 1992, scored 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the more recent version is at 56%—despite bringing in nearly $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Fortune, "Should Disney Be Prepared for Live-Action Fatigue?," 20 July 2019 But this worldwide trivial pursuit doesn’t disprove Godard’s suspicion that Hollywood insensitivity and greed would offend probity and stifle popular imagination. Armond White, National Review, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 The year 2019 was marked by a historic impeachment, worldwide civil unrest and a first-of-its-kind vaping public health crisis. Anne Most, Time, "These Were The Biggest Moments Of 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Instagram owner Facebook also announced plans to enforce a worldwide policy banning the promotion of vaping and tobacco products beginning next year. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Facebook and Instagram will ban influencers from promoting e-cigs," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb With a record six films topping $1 billion each worldwide in 2019, Disney became the first studio ever to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "2019 Box Office: Here’s What Worked and What Didn’t," 30 Dec. 2019 Sam Shine, 86, founder of Samtec, a New Albany, Indianabased manufacturer of electronic cable and connectors that has about 5,000 employees worldwide and reported revenues of more than $700 million in 2017. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'The Hefty Lefty,' the 'Queen of Horseracing' and other notable lives lost in 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 In the homeland of Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who has inspired a worldwide no-fly campaign and a generation of youth protesters, the buzzword is flygskam, or flight shame, a term that was added to the Swedish lexicon last year. New York Times, "Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster," 18 Dec. 2019 All across the globe in communities worldwide, Black and Brown women continue to lead the conversation around rapid growth in the areas of entrepreneurship and economic advancement. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Invest Atlanta: This Women Of Color-Led Company Is Strengthening Their City's Economy In A Major Way," 21 Nov. 2019 Yet last year, pure electric vehicles made up only 1.5% of new vehicle sales worldwide, and the consulting firm LMC Automotive predicts that will rise to 2.2% this year. Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles," 18 Nov. 2019 For example, the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card gives cardholders a certificate for a free weekend night that is redeemable at nearly all of its properties worldwide, including high-end Conrads and Waldorf Astorias. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Reasons the Best Hotel Credit Cards Deserve More Attention," 23 Oct. 2019 Now, echoing anti-migrant rhetoric used worldwide, politicians and officials in neighboring countries have begun to portray Venezuelan migrants as a national security threat. Cyril Bennouna, The Conversation, "Latin America shuts out desperate Venezuelans but Colombia’s border remains open – for now," 7 Oct. 2019 Wine caves are meant to age and store wines and are used worldwide in the industry. CBS News, "What is a wine cave? Warren, Klobuchar criticize Buttigieg for high-end Napa fundraiser," 19 Dec. 2019

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1821, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Worldwide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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