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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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adv.

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

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