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



BrE BrE//waɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//waɪd//
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  • (wider, widest) 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 OriginOld English wīd ‘spacious, extensive’, wīde ‘over a large area’, of Germanic origin.Word Familywide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth nounIdioms 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. over a large area They searched far and wide for the missing child.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wide