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adverb widely pronunciation in American English /ˈwaɪdli/
  1. 1
    by a lot of people, or in a lot of places

    It is widely expected that the mayor will make an announcement this morning.

    He has traveled widely in South America.

    The drug is widely used in the treatment of cancer.

    Organic foods are now much more widely available.

    a newspaper that is widely read (=read by a lot of people)

    She’s very widely read (=she has read a lot of books).

  2. 2
    by a large amount, or to a large degree

    Prices vary widely from one store to the next.

    Officials have voiced widely different views on the best way forward.


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