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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. 3
    concerning the basic aspects of something rather than the details
    The report looks at women’s employment in its wider social context.
    Senior managers are expected to take a wider view of problems.
  4. 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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  5. 5
    going further than the point that was aimed at
    a few inches wide of the target


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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