American English

Definition of wide adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(wider, widest)
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  • as far or fully as possible The door was wide open. The championship is still wide open (= anyone could win). She had a fear of wide-open spaces. He stood with his legs wide apart. In a few seconds she was wide awake. Open your mouth wide.
  • Word Familywide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth nounwide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth nounIdioms
    cast your net wide
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    to consider a lot of different people, activities, possibilities, etc. when you are looking for something It's worth casting your net wide when applying for your first job.
    far and wide
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    over a large area They searched far and wide for the missing child.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wide