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adjective wide pronunciation in British English /waɪd/
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  1. 1
    measuring a large distance from one side to the other

    Beijing’s wide avenues and boulevards

    An earthquake shook a wide area of southern Italy on Saturday.

    1. a.
      measuring a particular distance from one side to the other

      The stream is about 4 feet wide here.

      The roads are barely wide enough for cars.

  2. 2
    including or involving many different things or people

    Her proposal has gained wide support in the last few months.

    His wide experience of the business world proved invaluable to us.

    a wide range/variety:

    Workers must carry out a wide range of tasks.

    a wide selection/choice:

    We carry the area’s widest selection of wines.

    1. a.
      very large

      She won the election by a wide margin.

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  3. 4
    as open or large as possible

    a wide smile/grin

    The boy looked at the intruder, his eyes wide with fear.

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  4. 5
    going further than the point that was aimed at

    a few inches wide of the target


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