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1 having a greater than usual measure across
  • the river is so wide that building a bridge across it would be impractical

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2 having considerable extent
  • a wide and detailed knowledge of the issue

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How is the word wide different from other adjectives like it?

The words broad and deep are common synonyms of wide. While all three words mean "having horizontal extent," wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned, or when applied to unfilled space between limits.

rugs eight feet wide

a wide doorway

In what contexts can broad take the place of wide?

Although the words broad and wide have much in common, broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.

broad shoulders

When is deep a more appropriate choice than wide?

In some situations, the words deep and wide are roughly equivalent. However, deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.

a deep cupboard

deep woods

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The first known use of wide was before the 12th century

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“Wide.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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