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[wahyd-lee] /ˈwaɪd li/
to a wide extent.
over a wide space or area:
a widely distributed plant.
by or among a large number of persons:
a widely known artist.
in many or various subjects, cases, etc.:
to be widely read.
greatly, very much, or very:
widely differing accounts of an event.
Origin of widely
1655-65; wide + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although this theory has been widely accepted, finding an actual shock breakout was due to extreme serendipity.
  • Voodoo is widely regarded as a mysterious and sinister practice that's taboo in many cultures.
  • 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.
  • He wants people to adopt a frog and forget the widely used chemical controls.
  • They contain geological features widely considered unparalleled for their beauty and grandeur.
  • Ranging widely through dense vegetation, forest elephants are extraordinarily difficult to study.
  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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