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wide

[ wahyd ]
/ waɪd /
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adjective, wid·er, wid·est.
adverb
noun
Cricket. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
Archaic. a wide space or expanse.
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Origin of wide

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English wīd; cognate with Dutch wijd,German weit,Old Norse vīthr

synonym study for wide

1. Wide, broad refer to dimensions. They are often interchangeable, but wide especially applies to things of which the length is much greater than the width: a wide road, piece of ribbon. Broad is more emphatic, and applies to things of considerable or great width, breadth, or extent, especially to surfaces extending laterally: a broad valley.

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Other definitions for wide (2 of 2)

-wide

a combining form of wide, forming from nouns adjectives with the general sense “extending or applying throughout a given space,” as specified by the noun: communitywide; countrywide; worldwide.
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WORDS THAT USE -WIDE

What does -wide mean?

The combining formwide is used like a suffix meaning “wide,” in the sense of “throughout” or “in or to every part of.” It is occasionally used in everyday and technical terms.

The form –wide comes from Old English wīd, meaning “wide.”

Examples of -wide

An example of a word you may have encountered that features –wide is worldwide, “extending or spread throughout the world.”

The world part of the word here means “the earth or globe.” The form –wide means “throughout.” Worldwide literally means “throughout the earth.”

What are some words that use the combining form –wide?

What are some other forms that –wide may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that ends with the exact letters –wide, such as double-wide, is necessarily using the combining form –wide to denote “throughout.” Learn why double-wide means “twice as wide” at our entry for the word.

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Given the meaning of the combining form –wide, what does storewide literally mean?

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British Dictionary definitions for wide

wide
/ (waɪd) /

adjective
adverb
noun

Derived forms of wide

widely, adverbwideness, nounwidish, adjective

Word Origin for wide

Old English wīd; related to Old Norse vīthr, Old High German wīt
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wide

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