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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
1655-1665
1655-65; wide + -ly
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  • It's hardly news that the world's glaciers are melting-a phenomenon widely attributed to gradually rising global temperatures.
  • Stereographs provided some of the first widely circulated pictures of important events.
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  • They contain geological features widely considered unparalleled for their beauty and grandeur.
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  • widely scattered small indigenous communities were reorganized into urban population centers.
  • In tonal languages, the same word can have widely different meanings depending on the inflection of the speaker.
  • Tattooing is one of the world's oldest art forms and has been widely practiced for thousands of years.
Word Origin and History for widely
adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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