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[wahyd-spred] /ˈwaɪdˈsprɛd/
spread over or open, or occupying a wide space.
distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals:
widespread poverty.
Origin of widespread
1695-1705; wide + spread
2. far-reaching, extensive, pervasive, far-flung. Unabridged
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  • However, because of their extensive use and long half-life, human exposure remains widespread.
  • The case drew widespread interest for its potentially chilling effect.
  • These walls of water can cause widespread destruction when they crash ashore.
  • Nonexpert treatment shown to be more effective than primary care in soothing widespread anxiety.
  • The study probably won't change the widespread belief in inebriated pachyderms, though.
  • widespread and variable group of rhizomatous ferns, once called spleenwort for alleged medicinal value.
  • Despite some violence, the strike won widespread public support.
  • The political situation is expected to remain broadly stable, but there will be widespread disaffection with the weak parliament.
  • Global warming may cause widespread amphibian extinctions by triggering lethal epidemics, a new study reports.
  • It's in the field in several countries, but not on a widespread basis.
British Dictionary definitions for widespread


extending over a wide area
accepted by or occurring among many people
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Word Origin and History for widespread

1705, from wide + spread.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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