widely

[ wahyd-lee ]
/ ˈwaɪd li /

adverb

to a wide extent.
over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant.
by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist.
in many or various subjects, cases, etc.: to be widely read.
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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