Definition of widely adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪdli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪdli//
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  1. 1  by a lot of people; in or to many places a widely held belief The idea is now widely accepted. He has travelled widely in Asia. Her books are widely read (= a lot of people read them). He's an educated, widely-read man (= he has read a lot of books). The term is widely used in everyday speech.
  2. 2  to a large degree; a lot Standards vary widely.
  3. Word Familywide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth noun
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: widely