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[wahyd-spred] /ˈwaɪdˈsprɛd/
spread over or open, or occupying a wide space.
distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals:
widespread poverty.
Origin of widespread
First recorded in 1695-1705; wide + spread
2. far-reaching, extensive, pervasive, far-flung. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But violence was sure to follow where the indignation was so intense and widespread.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • All were leaning forward with clenched teeth and widespread nostrils.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Hence such deposits do not necessarily indicate periods of widespread and profound aridity.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • The conspiracy was too widespread and too deep-rooted for Alexander II.

    Lord John Russell Stuart J. Reid
  • The demand is widespread that the information which this book contains should be put into accessible shape.

British Dictionary definitions for widespread


extending over a wide area
accepted by or occurring among many people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for widespread

1705, from wide + spread.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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