- wide1 [ waıd ] adjective ***▸ 1 far from side to side▸ 2 open/large▸ 3 large/including a lot▸ 4 about general aspects▸ 5 going farther than meant1. ) measuring a large distance from one side to the other:Beijing's wide avenues and boulevardsAn earthquake shook a wide area of southern Italy on Saturday.a ) measuring a particular distance from one side to the other:The stream is about 4 feet wide here.The roads are barely wide enough for cars.2. ) as open or large as possible:a wide smile/grinThe boy looked at the intruder, his eyes wide with fear.3. ) including or involving many different things or people:Her proposal has gained wide support in the last few months.His wide experience of the business world proved invaluable to us.a wide range/variety: Workers must carry out a wide range of tasks.a wide selection/choice: We carry the area's widest selection of wines.a ) very large:There are wide discrepancies in the service that patients receive.Wide gaps remain between the Israeli and Palestinian positions.She won the election by a wide margin.4. ) concerning the basic aspects of something rather than the details:The report looks at women's employment in its wider social context.Senior managers are expected to take a wider view of problems.5. ) going farther than the point that was aimed at:a few inches wide of the targeta ) wide of the mark not accurate:Earlier reports appear to be wide of the mark.=> BERTH1, WIDTHwidewide 2 [ waıd ] adverb **1. ) as much as possible:The door opened wide and people came streaming out.Stand with your legs wide apart, then touch the floor.wide awake: He was now wide awake and sitting up in bed.2. ) over a large area:The news spread far and wide.3. ) to one side of the point that was aimed at:Gonzalez should have scored, but he shot the ball wide.wide open1. ) opened as much as possible:He stepped forward and pushed the door wide open.2. ) not protected against something:Politicians claim that the country is wide open to terrorist attack.3. ) consisting of a large area with no buildings on it:The region offers wide open spaces and no crowds.4. ) with no obvious winner yet:With the championship wide open, this weekend's games are crucial.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.