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English adjective: wide

1. wide having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

SamplesWide roads.
A wide necktie.
Wide margins.
Three feet wide.
A river two miles broad.
Broad shoulders.
A broad river.


Similarbeamy, bird's-eye, broad-brimmed, deep, fanlike, panoramic, sweeping, wide-screen

See alsocomprehensive, thick

Attributebreadth, width


2. wide broad in scope or content

SamplesAcross-the-board pay increases.
An all-embracing definition.
Blanket sanctions against human-rights violators.
An invention with broad applications.
A panoptic study of Soviet nationality.
Granted him wide powers.

Synonymsacross-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic


Antonymsincomprehensive, noncomprehensive

3. wide (used of eyes) fully open or extended

SamplesStared with wide eyes.


Similaropen, opened

Antonymsshut, closed

4. wide very large in expanse or scope

SamplesA broad lawn.
The wide plains.
A spacious view.
Spacious skies.

Synonymsbroad, spacious

Similarbig, large

Antonymslittle, small

5. wide great in degree

SamplesWon by a wide margin.



6. wide having ample fabric

SamplesThe current taste for wide trousers.
A full skirt.

Synonymsfull, wide-cut


Antonymsmeager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy

7. wide not on target

SamplesThe kick was wide.
The arrow was wide of the mark.
A claim that was wide of the truth.

Synonymswide of the mark



English adverb: wide

1. wide with or by a broad space

SamplesStand with legs wide apart.
Ran wide around left end.

2. wide to the fullest extent possible

SamplesOpen your eyes wide.
With the throttle wide open.

3. wide far from the intended target

SamplesThe arrow went wide of the mark.
A bullet went astray and killed a bystander.


4. wide to or over a great extent or range; far

SamplesWandered wide through many lands.
He traveled widely.


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