Definition of widely in US English:

widely

adverb

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

    ‘a tall man with widely spaced eyes’
    ‘he smiled widely and held out a hand’
    • ‘After a single knock on the door, Amy swung it open, smiling widely at the two of us.’
    • ‘Moreover the lesions are often widely spaced and not suitable for resection.’
    • ‘She was standing on the front verandah when he got down there and she smiled at him widely when he opened the front door.’
    • ‘Both have a flat face, widely spaced eyes, broad nose, large nostrils and full lips.’
    • ‘Our hair blowing into our eyes, we stand on the beach, smiling widely at the camera.’
    • ‘In the picture she had long hair, and was smiling so widely her features were hard to make out.’
    • ‘The full tillering capacity of wheat is only realised if plants are widely spaced and have plentiful nutrition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suarez smiled widely, assuring the lady he wanted everything in the account.’
    • ‘The smile on my face widened again and I turned back to Jake who was smiling widely as well.’
    • ‘The laminated frames were widely spaced to ensure that the hull strength was to scale with the original.’
    • ‘Amanda walked through the door and smiled widely as she stepped up to the podium.’
    • ‘She opened her eyes and smiled widely as she saw the face of her beloved husband.’
    • ‘I smiled widely, flipping open my binder to my homework from the night before.’
    • ‘Each mast is supported on four legs, spaced widely enough for articulated lorries to pass underneath.’
    • ‘When I got to my classroom Will was already seated, and sickeningly, he smiled widely at me when I entered.’
    • ‘She shoved her way to the front of the line and smiled widely at the petite female behind the counter.’
    • ‘She smiled widely at him, before dropping to her knees and motioning for him to do the same.’
    • ‘There are a few cairns, but do not rely on them, as they are widely spaced and small.’
    1. 1.1 To 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’
      • ‘The union also said the use of the orders varied widely in different parts of the country.’
      • ‘Sometimes quite separate items of news from widely different places can appear to be connected.’
      • ‘In a similar way, the opinions of conservatives could vary widely.’
      • ‘Yet just by looking at the English and German sites we see widely different layouts.’
      • ‘This week's Westmorland Gazette reveals two widely different viewpoints about Kendal and its future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scope of the duty varies widely according to the nature of the employment.’
      • ‘As might be expected, their verses reflect widely different experiences of Ireland.’
      • ‘Retail prices vary widely, but the industry is considered to be quite profitable.’
      • ‘Their motives in choosing things can vary fairly widely, but it will never be anything to do with the garments themselves.’
      • ‘Heavy coffee drinkers who suddenly stop drinking the stuff often get headaches, but tolerance varies widely.’
      • ‘Interest rates vary widely, so switching lenders can bring savings.’
      • ‘The date and length of the flowering season varied widely among the different clones.’
      • ‘But this is effectively where the comparison ends, because they are two widely different books.’
      • ‘The static and dynamic characteristics of these two types of vehicles vary widely.’
      • ‘Children across the world, from widely different backgrounds, celebrate their coming of age.’
      • ‘Precise laws governed their administration, yet they differed widely in character.’
      • ‘There were also widely different figures for donations between all three accounts.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘You know, for a guy who works for an airline, you'd think I'd have travelled a little more widely.’
    • ‘The festival will link literacy and literature, and encourage people to read more widely and discerningly.’
    • ‘He travelled widely and made little attempt to hide his operations.’
    • ‘Sailor Maria Coleman is widely travelled and has come across the full spectrum of conditions.’
    • ‘He met everyone, saw every film, and seems to have read widely too.’
    • ‘He read widely and had an extensive knowledge of world religions, politics, and world affairs.’
    • ‘I think it's the duty of any serious reader to read as widely and as disparately as they can.’
    • ‘Over her three months there, she travelled widely and stayed in people's homes.’
    • ‘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 was educated at Harrow, spent his childhood in England, travelled widely yet returned to his estate to retire.’
    • ‘She loved art, travel, and parties, and read widely in Russian and French as well as English.’
    • ‘He read widely and drew inspiration from everywhere, freely adapting ideas he liked into his personal mythology.’
    • ‘I developed a taste for crime fiction, which I carried on reading widely.’
    • ‘I travelled widely and my photos appeared everywhere, as if it mattered.’
    • ‘Northcliffe travelled widely and consorted freely with statesmen and politicians not to mention royalty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lynx once ranged widely across Europe, but hunting and habitat loss have taken their toll.’
    • ‘It was during that time I started to read widely so it wasn't all that bad.’
    • ‘She sums up the fierce sense of loyalty many caravanners have to the East Coast, although she has travelled widely abroad.’
    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. 2.1 By many people or in many places.
      ‘credit cards are widely accepted’
      • ‘The system EDS put in place to support the Tax Credit system was widely regarded as a complete and utter shambles.’
      • ‘Yet the price of these disproportional outcomes has widely been regarded as acceptable.’
      • ‘Profits will come from services that either utilise widely accepted technology or are not dependant on any one system.’
      • ‘He was a matured, widely respected and accepted political leader of his time.’
      • ‘He is widely regarded as the world's best and most inventive chef.’
      • ‘The bluebell is widely regarded as an emblem of the British countryside, covering forest floors up and down the country.’
      • ‘Controls introduced here to tackle the disease are widely regarded as being among the best in the world.’
      • ‘As his views and his persona both became better known, he was widely regarded as a goofball.’
      • ‘In the beginning the Universe was created… This made a lot of people angry and was widely regarded as a bad move.’
      • ‘This is the official story, the one most widely accepted, the one that future generations will tell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Major credit cards are widely accepted, even in some of the remotest spots.’
      • ‘Video and film as an art-form became widely accepted in Chinese art circles in 1996.’
      • ‘John is widely regarded as one of the world's finest interpreters of Beethoven's piano works.’
      • ‘The Stonewall riot is widely regarded as the birth of the modern gay rights movement.’
      • ‘It is widely accepted that the ‘celebrity’ phenomenon as it is today can be traced back to Byron.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now in their fourth year, the Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and high-profile of their kind.’
      • ‘It is widely accepted that workers are being priced out of London because wages cannot keep up with spiralling house prices.’
      widely, generally, universally, commonly, by all, by many, by most, usually, regularly, customarily, habitually, conventionally, ordinarily, traditionally, as a rule
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Pronunciation

widely

/ˈwaɪdli//ˈwīdlē/