Meaning of WIDE in English

I. wide 1 S1 W1 /waɪd/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ wide , ↑ widely ; verb : ↑ widen ; noun : ↑ width ; adjective : ↑ wide ]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: wid ]


a) measuring a large distance from one side to the other SYN broad OPP narrow :

a wide tree-lined road

a hat with a wide brim

wide smile/grin

As he ran toward me, his face broke into a wide grin.

b) measuring a particular distance from one side to the other:

How wide is the door?

The boat was nearly as wide as the canal.

five metres/two miles etc wide

The river is more than fifty yards wide.

2 . VARIETY [usually before noun] including or involving a large variety of different people, things, or situations:

a man with a wide experience of foreign affairs

Our aim is to bring classical music to a wider audience.

a wide range/variety/choice etc (of something)

This year’s festival includes a wide range of entertainers.

holidays to a wide choice of destinations

3 . IN MANY PLACES [usually before noun] happening among many people or in many places:

The radio and newspapers gave the trial wide coverage.

4 . a wide variation/difference/gap etc a large and noticeable difference:

the ever-wider gap between the richest and poorest countries

5 . the wider context/issues/picture etc the more general features of a situation, rather than the specific details:

We hope that by the end of the course students will be able to see their subject in a wider context.

6 . EYES literary wide eyes are fully open, especially when someone is very surprised, excited, or frightened:

Her eyes grew wide in anticipation.

7 . give somebody/something a wide berth to avoid someone or something

8 . NOT HIT SOMETHING not hitting something you were aiming at

wide of

His shot was just wide of the goal.

9 . the (big) wide world especially spoken places outside the small familiar place where you live:

Soon you’ll leave school and go out into the big wide world.

10 . nationwide/city-wide etc affecting all the people in a nation, city etc:

a country-wide revolt against the government

II. wide 2 W3 S3 BrE AmE adverb

[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ wide , ↑ widely ; verb : ↑ widen ; noun : ↑ width ; adjective : ↑ wide ]

1 . wide open/awake/apart completely open, awake, or apart:

Someone left the back door wide open.

At 2 a.m. I was still wide awake.

Sandy stood with his back to the fire, legs wide apart.

2 . opening or spreading as much as possible

open/spread (something) wide

Spiro spread his arms wide in a welcoming gesture.

Leonora’s eyes opened wide in horror.

The windows had been opened wide and she could feel a slight breeze.

3 . wide open if a competition, election etc is wide open, it is possible for anyone to succeed:

Most experts agree that the election is wide open at this point.

4 . not hitting something you were aiming at, and missing it by a large distance:

His throw to first base went wide.

5 . wide of the mark

a) not correct about something, by a large amount:

The opinion polls were hopelessly wide of the mark.

b) not hitting something you were aiming at, and missing it by a large distance:

One of the bombs fell wide of the mark.

⇨ far and wide at ↑ far 1 (11)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.