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 Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Carol Robinson |, al, 29 June 2022 In 2018, Brookfield Business Partners, run by billionaire Canadian asset manager Bruce Flatt, paid $4.6 billion for Toshiba’s worldwide nuclear operations, including the then-bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Company. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Mija premiered to favorable reviews at Sundance in January, and then in March, Disney Original Documentary acquired the worldwide rights to the film. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2022 More than two years of a worldwide pandemic have increased many people’s desires to work from home or live near their work, helping to boost residential property values. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2022 The global economy is still feeling residual impacts from a worldwide pandemic and undergoing strain due to international conflict. Jim O'brien, Forbes, 30 June 2022 The Lionsgate Television Group has promoted Suzy Feldman to executive vp of worldwide TV marketing. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 Suzy Feldman has been promoted to executive vice president of worldwide TV marketing within Lionsgate, the studio announced Thursday. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 2 June 2022 Marc Weinstock, Paramount’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, noted that 20 percent of ticket buyers were aged 18 to 24, a demographic that had been in question before release. New York Times, 29 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Formed in Houston in 1969, ZZ Top have sold roughly 50 million albums worldwide after releasing 15 studio albums. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 Aug. 2022 Ford sold to dealers and distributors worldwide, demonstrating that higher prices helped achieve those results. Chris Isidore, CNN, 27 July 2022 The whole series has proven to be incredibly popular, with over 41 million copies sold worldwide. Joe Otterson, Variety, 25 July 2022 After that lift-off the trio unleashed eight more U.K. top 10 hits, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and established a Guinness World Record for the most chart entries overall by an all-female group. Gary Graff, Billboard, 22 July 2022 After four years and more than 12 million copies sold worldwide, it’s now also a film produced by Reese Witherspoon, whose Hello Sunshine book club helped fuel the success of the novel. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Starring Emilio Sakraya, Rheingold is being released in Germany by Warner Bros. and sold worldwide by MUBI’s The Match Factory. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 In 2021, the industry sold a record eight hundred and eighty-seven superyachts worldwide, nearly twice the previous year’s total. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 The book became a best seller in her native Britain and sold some 700,000 copies worldwide. New York Times, 11 July 2022 See More

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1821, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Worldwide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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