Definition of wide adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//waɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//waɪd//
    (wider, widest)
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    from one side to the other
  1. 1  measuring a lot from one side to the other a wide river Sam has a wide mouth. a jacket with wide lapels Her face broke into a wide grin. opposite narrow see also width
  2. 2  measuring a particular distance from one side to the other How wide is that stream? It's about 2 metres wide. The road was just wide enough for two vehicles to pass.
  3. large number/amount
  4. 3  including a large number or variety of different people or things; covering a large area a wide range/choice/variety of goods Her music appeals to a wide audience. Jenny has a wide circle of friends. a manager with wide experience of industry It's the best job in the whole wide world. The incident has received wide coverage in the press. The festival attracts people from a wide area.
  5. difference/gap
  6. 4  very big There are wide variations in prices.
  7. general
  8. 5(only used in the comparative and superlative) general; not only looking at details the wider aims of the project We are talking about education in its widest sense. Which Word?wide / broadThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns: wide street/​river/​area/​range/​variety/​choice broad shoulders/​back/​smile/​range/​agreement/​outline Wide is the word most commonly used to talk about something that measures a long distance from one side to the other. Broad is more often used to talk about parts of the body. (Although wide can be used with mouth.) It is used in more formal or written language to describe the features of the countryside, etc:a broad river a broad stretch of meadowland. Both wide and broad can be used to describe something that includes a large variety of different people or things:a wide/​broad range of products. Broad, but not wide, can be used to mean ‘general’ or ‘not detailed’:All of us are in broad agreement on this matter.
  9. eyes
  10. 6fully open She stared at him with wide eyes.
  11. not close
  12. 7wide (of something) far from the point aimed at Her shot was wide (of the target).
  13. -wide
  14. 8(in adjectives and adverbs) happening or existing in the whole of a country, etc. a nationwide search We need to act on a Europe-wide scale.
  15. Word OriginOld English wīd ‘spacious, extensive’, wīde ‘over a large area’, of Germanic origin.Word Familywide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth nounExtra examples He stood up and flung wide the door to the study. Her shot fell just wide of the target. His eyes grew wide. Open your mouth really wide. People came from far and wide for the show. The river gets quite wide here. The road was fairly wide. The road was only wide enough for only one vehicle at a time. Their eyes were wide with fear. Their predictions turned out to be very wide of the mark. a very wide range of clothing He is a manager with a wide experience of industry. He wore a jacket with wide lapels. Her face broke into a wide grin. How wide is that stream? It’s a wide, fast-flowing river. It’s about 2 metres wide. It’s the best job in the whole wide world. The current survey will have a wider geographical spread. The general aim is for a wider distribution of wealth throughout society. The museum is trying to attract a wider audience. The young talent at the club deserves wider recognition. There is wide disagreement on this issue. Try to develop a wide vocabulary. We stock a wide range of goods. You can’t just look at it in terms of the immediate problem. You’ve got to see it in a wider context.Idioms
    give somebody/something a wide berth
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    to not go too near somebody/something; to avoid somebody/something He gave the dog a wide berth.
    not accurate Their predictions turned out to be wide of the mark.
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