widespread
adjective Date: 1582 1. widely diffused or prevalent <
widespread public interest
>
2. widely extended or spread out <
low, widespread hood and fenders — Time
>
<
a widespread erosion surface — C. B. Hitchcock
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • widespread — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ spread among a large number or over a large area …   English terms dictionary

  • widespread — 01. Corruption is [widespread] in the government of many countries. 02. AIDS is now [widespread] in the world. 03. Reports of atrocities are now [widespread] in the former British colony. 04. Support for the Opposition party has become… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • widespread — wide|spread W3 [ˈwaıdspred] adj existing or happening in many places or situations, or among many people ▪ the widespread use of chemicals in agriculture widespread support/acceptance/criticism/condemnation etc ▪ There was widespread support for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • widespread — wide|spread [ waıd,spred ] adjective ** happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people: the widespread use of antibiotics The project has received widespread public support. Foxes are becoming more widespread in urban areas …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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