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

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extending over a wide area
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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