Definition of widely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwīdlē/


1Over a wide area or at a wide interval: he smiled widely and held out a hand a tall man with widely spaced eyes
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  • 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.
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
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  • The union also said the use of the orders varied widely in different parts of the country.
  • The date and length of the flowering season varied widely among the different clones.
  • The scope of the duty varies widely according to the nature of the employment.
2Over a large area or range; extensively: Deborah has traveled widely [as submodifier]: she was widely read
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  • He read widely and had an extensive knowledge of world religions, politics, and world affairs.
  • As someone who classes themselves as widely read on the occult area the only thing I know is that I don't know enough.
  • The lynx once ranged widely across Europe, but hunting and habitat loss have taken their toll.
2.1By many people or in many places: credit cards are widely accepted
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  • In the beginning the Universe was created… This made a lot of people angry and was widely regarded as a bad move.
  • 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.

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Syllabification: wide·ly

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