Meaning of widely

wide•ly

Pronunciation: (wīd'lē), [key]
— adv.
  1. to a wide extent.
  2. over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant.
  3. by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist.
  4. in many or various subjects, cases, etc.: to be widely read.
  5. greatly, very much, or very: widely differing accounts of an event.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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