widespread

[ wahyd-spred ]
/ ˈwaɪdˈsprɛd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. wideman,
  2. widemouth blindcat,
  3. widemouthed,
  4. widen,
  5. widescreen,
  6. widgeon,
  7. widget,
  8. widgie,
  9. widish,
  10. widnes

Origin of widespread

First recorded in 1695–1705; wide + spread

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British Dictionary definitions for widespread

widespread

/ (ˈwaɪdˌsprɛd) /

adjective

extending over a wide area
accepted by or occurring among many people
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Word Origin and History for widespread

widespread

1705, from wide + spread.

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