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widespread definition


Define the English word widespread below. Widespread is an adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: wide-spread


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From wide +‎ spread.


  • (predicative) IPA(key): /ˌwaɪdˈspɹɛd/
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  • (prenominal) IPA(key): /ˈwaɪdˌspɹɛd/
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widespread (comparative widerspread or more widespread, superlative widestspread or most widespread)

  1. Affecting a large area (e.g. the entire land or body); broad in extent; widely diffused.
    • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., →OCLC, page 01:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic []  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.



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