wide

1 of 2

adjective

wider; widest
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
wideness noun

wide

2 of 2

adverb

wider; widest
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for wide

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Beneath the surface though, the volcano stretched over 20 kilometers wide and nearly 2 kilometers deep. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 They're made of solid pine and there's twine to hang the pieces, which are about 16.5 inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 The Beavers’ best chance came in the 20th minute, when Fran Cortijo’s shot sailed just a few inches wide of an open right side of the net. Mitchell Forde, oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 Oliver Ames sophomore Casey Milliken wandered from the Tigers’ fan section, hands on his head with his eyes wide and mouth agape. Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Made from iron and coated with a protective layer of zinc, this circular collar can be placed around tree stands of various sizes up to nearly 28 inches wide. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2022 Drako also claims the Dragon has 50/50 weight distribution, and the SUV measures 199 inches long and 81 inches wide, a smidge shorter and wider than a Lamborghini Urus. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 But if Overholser failed to hold back the the biggest flood that current standards require it to handle, the USGS model says the waters would inundate a path about two miles wide and 30 miles long. USA Today, 17 Nov. 2022 Flames roll across the ceiling, burning a hole 2 feet wide. Raquel Rutledge, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2022
Adverb
Stuart Skinner made 23 saves, but had the puck taken off his stick by Hischier early in the second period to set up the go-ahead goal by Mercer into a wide-open net. Tom Canavan, ajc, 22 Nov. 2022 Gunn could’ve shot the 3, but instead made the extra pass to a wide-open Kaleb Banks, who knocked down the shot from deep. Tyler Tachman, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Nov. 2022 But Wales’ late equalizer ensured that the group remained wide open. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Derek Carr hit a wide-open Davante Adams with a 35-yard touchdown pass on the third play of overtime, powering the Las Vegas Raiders to a 22-16 win over the Broncos in Denver on Sunday. San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2022 Replays showed Money Parks was wide open on a hook route, which would have been enough for a first down inside the 10. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 On the next play, Thompson-Robinson found Michael Ezeike wide open down the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown pass and an eventual 14-0 UCLA lead. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Two incompletions followed — a drop by Gash of a potential touchdown, and then a miss of a wide-open Loveland with the end zone in his sights — and Michigan settled for a 33-yard field goal from Moody to make it 17-16 with 3:14 to play. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2022 Moore was wide open on a play when starting quarterback Robby Ashford created misdirection on the handoff to Hunter, who slung the ball to Moore. al, 19 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

wide 1 of 2

adjective

wider; widest
1
a
: covering a large area
the whole wide world
b
: extending over, reaching, or affecting a vast area : extensive
wide publicity
c
: not limited : comprehensive
a job calling for wide experience
a wide assortment
2
a
: measured across or at right angles to length
cloth 40 feet wide
b
: having a great measure across : broad
a wide river
c
: opened as far as possible
3
a
: extending or fluctuating considerably between limits
a wide variation
b
: far from the thing in question
a charge wide of the truth
widely adverb
wideness noun

wide

2 of 2

adverb

1
: over a great distance or extent : widely
searched far and wide
2
a
: so as to leave much space between
placed wide apart
b
: so as to clear by a wide distance
ran wide around the left end
3
: to the fullest extent : completely
opened his eyes wide

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