Definition of widely in English:

widely

adverb

  • 1Far apart; with a wide space or interval between.

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

    ‘Deborah has travelled widely’
    as submodifier ‘she was widely read’
    • ‘He was widely read and took a keen interest in history, current affairs, politics and religion.’
    • ‘I developed a taste for crime fiction, which I carried on reading widely.’
    • ‘Over her three months there, she travelled widely and stayed in people's homes.’
    • ‘He was educated at Harrow, spent his childhood in England, travelled widely yet returned to his estate to retire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He read widely and had an extensive knowledge of world religions, politics, and world affairs.’
    • ‘The festival will link literacy and literature, and encourage people to read more widely and discerningly.’
    • ‘You know, for a guy who works for an airline, you'd think I'd have travelled a little more widely.’
    • ‘I travelled widely and my photos appeared everywhere, as if it mattered.’
    • ‘Sailor Maria Coleman is widely travelled and has come across the full spectrum of conditions.’
    • ‘She sums up the fierce sense of loyalty many caravanners have to the East Coast, although she has travelled widely abroad.’
    • ‘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 travelled widely and made little attempt to hide his operations.’
    • ‘She loved art, travel, and parties, and read widely in Russian and French as well as English.’
    • ‘I think it's the duty of any serious reader to read as widely and as disparately as they can.’
    • ‘Northcliffe travelled widely and consorted freely with statesmen and politicians not to mention royalty.’
    • ‘He met everyone, saw every film, and seems to have read widely too.’
    • ‘He read widely and drew inspiration from everywhere, freely adapting ideas he liked into his personal mythology.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the beginning the Universe was created… This made a lot of people angry and was widely regarded as a bad move.’
      • ‘He was a matured, widely respected and accepted political leader of his time.’
      • ‘Profits will come from services that either utilise widely accepted technology or are not dependant on any one system.’
      • ‘As his views and his persona both became better known, he was widely regarded as a goofball.’
      • ‘Now in their fourth year, the Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and high-profile of their kind.’
      • ‘Yet the price of these disproportional outcomes has widely been regarded as acceptable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is the official story, the one most widely accepted, the one that future generations will tell.’
      • ‘It is widely accepted that workers are being priced out of London because wages cannot keep up with spiralling house prices.’
      • ‘Controls introduced here to tackle the disease are widely regarded as being among the best in the world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The system EDS put in place to support the Tax Credit system was widely regarded as a complete and utter shambles.’
      • ‘Major credit cards are widely accepted, even in some of the remotest spots.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˈwʌɪdli/