WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
wide /waɪd/USA pronunciation   adj. andadv.,  wid•er, wid•est. 
  1. of great size or extent from side to side;
    broad:the great wide lands of the prairie.
  2. having a certain measurement from side to side: [after a noun]The doorway was only three feet wide.[before a noun;  after a number of measurement]a three-foot-wide doorway.
  3. of great range or scope:a wide selection of recordings.
  4. fully opened:He stared at the teacher with wide eyes.
  5. far from an aim or goal:[usually: be + ~]That remark is wide of the truth.

  1. to the most;
    fully:The door was wide open.
  2. away from a target or objective:The shot went wide.
  3. over a large area:The birds were scattered far and wide after the drought.
wide•ly, adv. : She is widely known as an expert in management.
wide•ness, n. [uncountable]

-wide, suffix. 
  • -wide is used to form adjectives with the meaning "extending or applying throughout a certain, given space,'' as mentioned by the noun:community + -wide → communitywide (= applying to or throughout the community);countrywide;worldwide.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
    wide  (wīd),USA pronunciation adj.,  wid•er, wid•est, adv., n. 
    1. having considerable or great extent from side to side;
      broad:a wide boulevard.
    2. having a certain or specified extent from side to side:three feet wide.
    3. of great horizontal extent;
      spacious:the wide plains of the West.
    4. of great range or scope;
      embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.:wide experience.
    5. open to the full or a great extent;
      distended:to stare with wide eyes.
    6. apart or remote from a specified point or object:a guess wide of the truth.
    7. too far or too much to one side:a shot wide of the mark.
    8. Sport[Baseball.]outside (def. 16):The pitch was wide of the plate.
    9. full, ample, or roomy, as clothing:He wore wide, flowing robes.
    10. Phoneticslax (def. 7).
    11. British Termsshrewd;

    1. to the full extent of opening:Open your mouth wide.
    2. to the utmost, or fully:to be wide awake.
    3. away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like;
      astray:The shot went wide.
    4. over an extensive space or region, or far abroad:scattered far and wide.
    5. to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side:The river runs wide here.

    1. Sport[Cricket.]a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
    2. [Archaic.]a wide space or expanse.
    wideness, n. 
    • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English wīd; cognate with Dutch wijd, German weit, Old Norse vīthr
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Wide, broad refer to dimensions. They are often interchangeable, but
        wide especially applies to things of which the length is much greater than the width:a wide road, piece of ribbon.Broad is more emphatic, and applies to things of considerable or great width, breadth, or extent, esp. to surfaces extending laterally:a broad valley.
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged boundless;
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged narrow.

  • a combining form of  wide, forming from nouns adjectives with the general sense "extending or applying throughout a given space,'' as specified by the noun:communitywide;countrywide;worldwide.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wide /waɪd/ adj
    1. having a great extent from side to side
    2. of vast size or scope; spacious or extensive
    3. (postpositive) having a specified extent, esp from side to side: two yards wide
    4. (in combination) covering or extending throughout: nationwide
    5. distant or remote from the desired point, mark, etc: your guess is wide of the mark
    6. (of eyes) opened fully
    7. loose, full, or roomy: wide trousers
    8. exhibiting a considerable spread, as between certain limits: a wide variation
    9. another word for lax, open
    1. over an extensive area: to travel far and wide
    2. to the full extent: he opened the door wide
    3. far from the desired point, mark, etc
    1. (in cricket) a bowled ball that is outside the batsman's reach and scores a run for the batting side
    2. archaic or poetic a wide space or extent
    3. to the widecompletely
    Etymology: Old English wīd; related to Old Norse vīthr, Old High German wīt

    ˈwidely adv ˈwideness n ˈwidish adj

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    Collocations: a wide [range, variety, selection] of, wide [trucks, rivers, roads, feet], is [four inches, three miles] wide, more...

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