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widely

[wahyd-lee] /ˈwaɪd li/
adverb
1.
to a wide extent.
2.
over a wide space or area:
a widely distributed plant.
3.
by or among a large number of persons:
a widely known artist.
4.
in many or various subjects, cases, etc.:
to be widely read.
5.
greatly, very much, or very:
widely differing accounts of an event.
Origin of widely
1655-1665
1655-65; wide + -ly
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  • These publications are widely read in the better class of farmsteads now.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • These properties of amber and lodestone appear to have been widely known.

  • Wherever he journeyed he was received with honor, for it was now widely known that he had invented the new art of printing.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • Such things are much too common to be widely known or cared for.

  • This species is widely distributed, occurring from ocean to ocean over nearly the whole of the United States.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed
Word Origin and History for widely
adv.

1660s, from wide + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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