Definition of widely in English:



  • 1Over a wide area or at a wide interval.

    ‘he smiled widely and held out a hand’
    ‘a tall man with widely spaced eyes’
    • ‘There are a few cairns, but do not rely on them, as they are widely spaced and small.’
    • ‘Our hair blowing into our eyes, we stand on the beach, smiling widely at the camera.’
    • ‘The laminated frames were widely spaced to ensure that the hull strength was to scale with the original.’
    • ‘I smiled widely, flipping open my binder to my homework from the night before.’
    • ‘She smiled widely at him, before dropping to her knees and motioning for him to do the same.’
    • ‘Suarez smiled widely, assuring the lady he wanted everything in the account.’
    • ‘Towards the shore in just 9m of water were three lovely coral pinnacles, widely spaced but almost in a row.’
    • ‘He bounded into the room, smiling widely and apologising profusely for being just a few minutes late.’
    • ‘The full tillering capacity of wheat is only realised if plants are widely spaced and have plentiful nutrition.’
    • ‘Moreover the lesions are often widely spaced and not suitable for resection.’
    • ‘The smile on my face widened again and I turned back to Jake who was smiling widely as well.’
    • ‘She opened her eyes and smiled widely as she saw the face of her beloved husband.’
    • ‘Amanda walked through the door and smiled widely as she stepped up to the podium.’
    • ‘She was standing on the front verandah when he got down there and she smiled at him widely when he opened the front door.’
    • ‘She shoved her way to the front of the line and smiled widely at the petite female behind the counter.’
    • ‘Both have a flat face, widely spaced eyes, broad nose, large nostrils and full lips.’
    • ‘After a single knock on the door, Amy swung it open, smiling widely at the two of us.’
    • ‘When I got to my classroom Will was already seated, and sickeningly, he smiled widely at me when I entered.’
    • ‘Each mast is supported on four legs, spaced widely enough for articulated lorries to pass underneath.’
    • ‘In the picture she had long hair, and was smiling so widely her features were hard to make out.’
    1. 1.1To a large degree in nature or character (used to describe considerable variation or difference)
      ‘lending policies vary widely between different banks’
      [as submodifier] ‘people in widely different circumstances’
      • ‘Sometimes quite separate items of news from widely different places can appear to be connected.’
      • ‘This week's Westmorland Gazette reveals two widely different viewpoints about Kendal and its future.’
      • ‘The scope of the duty varies widely according to the nature of the employment.’
      • ‘Yet just by looking at the English and German sites we see widely different layouts.’
      • ‘Heavy coffee drinkers who suddenly stop drinking the stuff often get headaches, but tolerance varies widely.’
      • ‘But this is effectively where the comparison ends, because they are two widely different books.’
      • ‘In a similar way, the opinions of conservatives could vary widely.’
      • ‘There were also widely different figures for donations between all three accounts.’
      • ‘Retail prices vary widely, but the industry is considered to be quite profitable.’
      • ‘State laws vary widely, with some allowing specific forms of gambling within their borders.’
      • ‘Chuck and Ellen have posted widely different reports about this movie in recent days.’
      • ‘Precise laws governed their administration, yet they differed widely in character.’
      • ‘The union also said the use of the orders varied widely in different parts of the country.’
      • ‘Interest rates vary widely, so switching lenders can bring savings.’
      • ‘As might be expected, their verses reflect widely different experiences of Ireland.’
      • ‘Children across the world, from widely different backgrounds, celebrate their coming of age.’
      • ‘Their motives in choosing things can vary fairly widely, but it will never be anything to do with the garments themselves.’
      • ‘The static and dynamic characteristics of these two types of vehicles vary widely.’
      • ‘The date and length of the flowering season varied widely among the different clones.’
      • ‘This script is characterised by elegant angular forms that were to vary widely.’
  • 2Over a large area or range; extensively.

    ‘Deborah has traveled widely’
    [as submodifier] ‘she was widely read’
    • ‘He travelled widely and made little attempt to hide his operations.’
    • ‘He was educated at Harrow, spent his childhood in England, travelled widely yet returned to his estate to retire.’
    • ‘I travelled widely and my photos appeared everywhere, as if it mattered.’
    • ‘It was during that time I started to read widely so it wasn't all that bad.’
    • ‘He read widely and drew inspiration from everywhere, freely adapting ideas he liked into his personal mythology.’
    • ‘The festival will link literacy and literature, and encourage people to read more widely and discerningly.’
    • ‘He was widely read and took a keen interest in history, current affairs, politics and religion.’
    • ‘Car tourers in general tend to stay longer, spend more and travel more widely around the countryside.’
    • ‘As someone who classes themselves as widely read on the occult area the only thing I know is that I don't know enough.’
    • ‘He read widely and had an extensive knowledge of world religions, politics, and world affairs.’
    • ‘The lynx once ranged widely across Europe, but hunting and habitat loss have taken their toll.’
    • ‘She loved art, travel, and parties, and read widely in Russian and French as well as English.’
    • ‘She sums up the fierce sense of loyalty many caravanners have to the East Coast, although she has travelled widely abroad.’
    • ‘Over her three months there, she travelled widely and stayed in people's homes.’
    • ‘Sailor Maria Coleman is widely travelled and has come across the full spectrum of conditions.’
    • ‘Northcliffe travelled widely and consorted freely with statesmen and politicians not to mention royalty.’
    • ‘I think it's the duty of any serious reader to read as widely and as disparately as they can.’
    • ‘You know, for a guy who works for an airline, you'd think I'd have travelled a little more widely.’
    • ‘He met everyone, saw every film, and seems to have read widely too.’
    • ‘I developed a taste for crime fiction, which I carried on reading widely.’
    everywhere, all over, all around, in all places, in every place, far and wide, far and near, here, there, and everywhere, extensively, exhaustively, thoroughly, widely, broadly, in every nook and cranny
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    1. 2.1By many people or in many places.
      ‘credit cards are widely accepted’
      • ‘Profits will come from services that either utilise widely accepted technology or are not dependant on any one system.’
      • ‘The system EDS put in place to support the Tax Credit system was widely regarded as a complete and utter shambles.’
      • ‘This is the official story, the one most widely accepted, the one that future generations will tell.’
      • ‘Major credit cards are widely accepted, even in some of the remotest spots.’
      • ‘As for money, credit cards are widely accepted in most countries and cash machines are increasingly commonplace.’
      • ‘By the 1960s, the use of gloves to improve the grip was widely accepted.’
      • ‘The Stonewall riot is widely regarded as the birth of the modern gay rights movement.’
      • ‘As his views and his persona both became better known, he was widely regarded as a goofball.’
      • ‘Controls introduced here to tackle the disease are widely regarded as being among the best in the world.’
      • ‘He was a matured, widely respected and accepted political leader of his time.’
      • ‘The bluebell is widely regarded as an emblem of the British countryside, covering forest floors up and down the country.’
      • ‘Video and film as an art-form became widely accepted in Chinese art circles in 1996.’
      • ‘She's widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, but even she's not immune to the pain of a broken heart.’
      • ‘In the beginning the Universe was created… This made a lot of people angry and was widely regarded as a bad move.’
      • ‘It is widely accepted that workers are being priced out of London because wages cannot keep up with spiralling house prices.’
      • ‘It is widely accepted that the ‘celebrity’ phenomenon as it is today can be traced back to Byron.’
      • ‘Yet the price of these disproportional outcomes has widely been regarded as acceptable.’
      • ‘John is widely regarded as one of the world's finest interpreters of Beethoven's piano works.’
      • ‘He is widely regarded as the world's best and most inventive chef.’
      • ‘Now in their fourth year, the Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and high-profile of their kind.’
      widely, generally, universally, commonly, by all, by many, by most, usually, regularly, customarily, habitually, conventionally, ordinarily, traditionally, as a rule
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