widespread


widespread
wide|spread [ `waıd,spred ] adjective **
happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people:
the widespread use of antibiotics
The project has received widespread public support.
Foxes are becoming more widespread in urban areas.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • widespread — [wīd′spred΄] adj. spread widely; esp., a) widely extended [widespread arms] b) distributed, circulated, or occurring over a wide area or extent [widespread benefits, widespread rumors] …   English World dictionary

  • Widespread — Wide spread , a. Spread to a great distance; widely extended; extending far and wide; as, widespread wings; a widespread movement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • widespread — I adjective ample, broad, capacious, collective, common, comprehensive, current, diffuse, epidemic, extensive, familiar, far flung, far reaching, general, global, indiscriminate, large scale, omnibus, ordinary, predominant, prevailing, prevalent …   Law dictionary

  • widespread — 1705, from WIDE (Cf. wide) + SPREAD (Cf. spread) …   Etymology dictionary

  • widespread — [adj] extensive across the board*, all over the place*, boundless, broad, common, comprehensive, current, diffuse, epidemic, far flung, far reaching, general, on a large scale, outspread, overall, pandemic, pervasive, popular, prevailing,… …   New thesaurus

  • widespread — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ spread among a large number or over a large area …   English terms dictionary

  • widespread — 01. Corruption is [widespread] in the government of many countries. 02. AIDS is now [widespread] in the world. 03. Reports of atrocities are now [widespread] in the former British colony. 04. Support for the Opposition party has become… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • widespread — wide|spread W3 [ˈwaıdspred] adj existing or happening in many places or situations, or among many people ▪ the widespread use of chemicals in agriculture widespread support/acceptance/criticism/condemnation etc ▪ There was widespread support for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • widespread — adjective Date: 1582 1. widely diffused or prevalent < widespread public interest > 2. widely extended or spread out < low, widespread hood and fenders Time > < a widespread erosion surface C. B. Hitchcock > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • widespread — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary