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widespread

[wahyd-spred] /ˈwaɪdˈsprɛd/
adjective
1.
spread over or open, or occupying a wide space.
2.
distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals:
widespread poverty.
Origin of widespread
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; wide + spread
Synonyms
2. far-reaching, extensive, pervasive, far-flung.
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widespread

/ˈwaɪdˌsprɛd/
adjective
1.
extending over a wide area
2.
accepted by or occurring among many people
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Word Origin and History for widespread

1705, from wide + spread.

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