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widely

[wahyd-lee]
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  1. to a wide extent.
  2. over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant.
  3. by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist.
  4. in many or various subjects, cases, etc.: to be widely read.
  5. greatly, very much, or very: widely differing accounts of an event.

Origin of widely

First recorded in 1655–65; wide + -ly
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Word Origin and History for widely

adv.

1660s, from wide + -ly (2).

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