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widespread

[wahyd-spred] /ˈwaɪdˈsprɛd/
adjective
1.
spread over or open, or occupying a wide space.
2.
distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals:
widespread poverty.
Origin of widespread
1695-1705
1695-1705; wide + spread
Synonyms
2. far-reaching, extensive, pervasive, far-flung.
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  • But violence was sure to follow where the indignation was so intense and widespread.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • Some had evidently come from afar, for the fame of the revivalist was widespread.

  • Hence such deposits do not necessarily indicate periods of widespread and profound aridity.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • But no one imagined, at that time, how widespread was the Katipunan league.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • The demand is widespread that the information which this book contains should be put into accessible shape.

British Dictionary definitions for widespread

widespread

/ˈwaɪdˌsprɛd/
adjective
1.
extending over a wide area
2.
accepted by or occurring among many people
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Word Origin and History for widespread

1705, from wide + spread.

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