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.

1695–1705; wide + spread

2. far-reaching, extensive, pervasive, far-flung.
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widespread (ˈwaɪdˌsprɛd)
1.  extending over a wide area
2.  accepted by or occurring among many people

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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.
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