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Meaning & Definition of Wide in English

English

Wide

/waɪd/

adjective

1. Having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

  • "Wide roads"
  • "A wide necktie"
  • "Wide margins"
  • "Three feet wide"
  • "A river two miles broad"
  • "Broad shoulders"
  • "A broad river"
    synonym:
  • wide
  • ,
  • broad

2. Broad in scope or content

  • "Across-the-board pay increases"
  • "An all-embracing definition"
  • "Blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"
  • "An invention with broad applications"
  • "A panoptic study of soviet nationality"- t.g.winner
  • "Granted him wide powers"
    synonym:
  • across-the-board
  • ,
  • all-embracing
  • ,
  • all-encompassing
  • ,
  • all-inclusive
  • ,
  • blanket(a)
  • ,
  • broad
  • ,
  • encompassing
  • ,
  • extensive
  • ,
  • panoptic
  • ,
  • wide

3. (used of eyes) fully open or extended

  • "Stared with wide eyes"
    synonym:
  • wide-eyed
  • ,
  • wide

4. Very large in expanse or scope

  • "A broad lawn"
  • "The wide plains"
  • "A spacious view"
  • "Spacious skies"
    synonym:
  • broad
  • ,
  • spacious
  • ,
  • wide

5. Great in degree

  • "Won by a wide margin"
    synonym:
  • wide

6. Having ample fabric

  • "The current taste for wide trousers"
  • "A full skirt"
    synonym:
  • wide
  • ,
  • wide-cut
  • ,
  • full

7. Not on target

  • "The kick was wide"
  • "The arrow was wide of the mark"
  • "A claim that was wide of the truth"
    synonym:
  • wide
  • ,
  • wide of the mark

adverb

1. With or by a broad space

  • "Stand with legs wide apart"
  • "Ran wide around left end"
    synonym:
  • wide

2. To the fullest extent possible

  • "Open your eyes wide"
  • "With the throttle wide open"
    synonym:
  • wide

3. Far from the intended target

  • "The arrow went wide of the mark"
  • "A bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
    synonym:
  • wide
  • ,
  • astray

4. To or over a great extent or range

  • Far
  • "Wandered wide through many lands"
  • "He traveled widely"
    synonym:
  • wide
  • ,
  • widely

Examples of using

The ditch is ten feet wide.
I'm not wide awake yet.
The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your safety.