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Definitions for widely
ˈwaɪd liwide·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. widelyadverb

    to a great degree

    "her work is widely known"

  2. wide, widelyadverb

    to or over a great extent or range; far

    "wandered wide through many lands"; "he traveled widely"

  3. widelyadverb

    so as to leave much space or distance between

    "widely separated"


  1. widelyadverb

    commonly; generally; to a great degree

  2. widelyadverb

    separated by a large distance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Widelyadverb

    Etymology: from wide.

    Any that considers how immense the intervals of the chaos are, in proportion to the bulk of the atoms, will hardly induce himself to believe, that particles so widely disseminated could ever throng one another to a compact texture. Richard Bentley.

    Let him exercise the freedom of his reason, and his mind will be strengthned, and the light which the remote parts of truth will give to one another, will so assist his judgment, that he will seldom be widely out. John Locke.


  1. widely

    Widely refers to something that is spread out or extended over a large physical area, occurs or is recognized in many places, is used with a lot of variation or diversity, or is extensively or broadly applied or distributed. It can relate to different perspectives such as geographical area, frequency or range of use, extent of effect or influence, or scope of knowledge or opinion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Widelyadverb

    in a wide manner; to a wide degree or extent; far; extensively; as, the gospel was widely disseminated by the apostles

  2. Widelyadverb

    very much; to a great degree or extent; as, to differ widely in opinion

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'widely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1792

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'widely' in Adverbs Frequency: #160

Anagrams for widely »

  1. dewily

  2. wieldy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of widely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of widely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of widely in a Sentence

  1. Haruhiko Kuroda:

    Some emerging countries have concerns on what could happen if stablecoins backed by a huge customer base become widely used globally, but this is not just a problem for emerging economies. It could have a broader impact on monetary policy and financial system stability.

  2. Transort Secretary Grant Shapps:

    The trial in the Isle of Wight of that tracking app, the NHSX app designed to help assist people, is going well. People have been downloading it enthusiastically and I know that the plan is later in the month to make it more widely available as well.

  3. Barack Obama:

    The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.

  4. Rex Macey:

    The news was widely anticipated and built into the market, and if anything, the fact that more bonds will be bought than expected could just mean that conditions are worse than we thought.

  5. Eric Swalwell:

    Usama bin Laden did not enter US soil on Sept. 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country, and the president, with his words — using the word ‘fight,’ with the speakers that he assembled that day, who called for trial by combat and said we have to take names and kick a--, that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol.

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