wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having great extent : vast a wide area
b : extending over a vast area : extensive a wide reputation
c : extending throughout a specified area or scope usually used in combination nationwideindustry-wide
d : comprehensive, inclusive a wide assortment
2a : having a specified extension from side to side 3 feet wide
b : having much extent between the sides : broad a wide doorway
c : fully opened wide-eyed
3a : extending or fluctuating considerably between limits a wide variation
b : straying or deviating from something specified used with of the accusation was wide of the truth
4 of an animal ration : relatively rich in carbohydrate as compared with protein

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : over a great distance or extent : widely searched far and wide
b : over a specified distance, area, or extent usually used in combination expanded the business country-wide
2a : so as to leave much space or distance between placed wide apart
b : so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance ran wide around left end
3 : to the fullest extent : completely, fully wide open

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Other Words from wide

Adjective

wideness noun

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Adjective

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side. a broad avenue wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned rugs eight feet wide or applied to unfilled space between limits. a wide doorway broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered. broad shoulders deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point. a deep cupboard deep woods

Examples of wide in a Sentence

Adjective the widest part of the river The desk is three feet wide. How wide is the doorway? Her eyes were wide with wonder. We have a wide range of options. a job calling for wide experience The election received wide news coverage. Adverb The poles were placed wide apart. He opened his eyes wide. They spread the map out wide. His mouth was wide open. They like to hike through wide open spaces.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For voters, however, the high cost of living has emerged as the primary concern across a wide swath of demographic groups. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021 But, faced with widespread fears and misinformation on the subject, its vaccination coverage has now fallen behind a wide swath of countries. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2021 The nine-day celebration of Greenwich Village's enduring cultural impact and continuing relevance starts Sept. 18 and runs through Sept. 26, and includes a wide swath of concerts, tours and events. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, a wide swath of 5-10 inches of rain will extend inland from far-East Texas across the central Gulf Coast. Janice Dean, Fox News, 14 Sep. 2021 Sports are wildly popular for a reason—they’re generally engaging and interesting to a wide swath of people from different backgrounds. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 With one hold on heart-on-sleeve indie pop, the other on hands-up club music, Saint Etienne cut across a wide swath of listeners and became ubiquitous in Britain. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Israel has been providing third doses to a wide swath of people who already received a full two-dose regimen months earlier. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Sep. 2021 Hurricane Zeta ripped through several states and cut a wide swath through Alabama leaving over 400,000 electric customers without power for days right before Halloween. al, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Matchmaking has blown Trials wide open from an accessibility standpoint. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Oregon drove 74 yards in six plays — aided by Lathan Ransom’s personal foul facemask penalty on the opposite side of the field from Spencer Webb’s wide-open 30-yard reception from Anthony Brown — to take that 14-point lead right back. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 Now Stroud has Garrett Wilson wide open, but just overthrows him. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Dougherty, a 6-foot-5, 212-pound junior, found Andrighetto wide open in the middle of the end zone for the game-winning score. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 On CovCath’s next drive, senior quarterback Adam Holtz found senior Dennis Lenihan wide open behind the defense and completed a long pass to him for a 63-yard touchdown. James Weber, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2021 Cruising the wide-open Wildlife Loop in the southern half of the park provides the yin to the northern section’s yang. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The dialogue is sparse and the scenery obscenely beautiful, the wide-open vistas of her native New Zealand standing in for circa-1925 Montana. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2021 That leaves wide open everything from zero to 3.4, right? ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of wide

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wide

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English wīd; akin to Old High German wīt wide

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

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“Wide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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wide

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extending a great distance from one side to the other : not narrow
: measured from side to side : having a specified width
: opened as far as possible

wide

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

: at a great distance : far
: to the side of something by a large distance
: to the fullest extent : as fully as possible : completely

wide

adjective
\ ˈwīd How to pronounce wide (audio) \
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a large measure across : broad a wide street a wide grin
2 : opened as far as possible Her eyes were wide with wonder.
3 : covering a very large area a wide expanse of ocean
4 : measured across or at right angles to length The cloth is three feet wide.
5 : not limited : having a large extent There's a wide range of choices.
6 : to the side of : away from The shot was wide of the goal.

Other Words from wide

widely adverb a widely held belief

wide

adverb
wider; widest

Kids Definition of wide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : over a wide area He's traveled far and wide.
2 : to the limit : completely The door was wide open.

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