V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. common and occurring widely or affecting many people or places; 2. spread far apart
Synonyms: common, prevalent, prevailing, universal, extensive, epidemic, rife, broad, rampant, diffuse
Tips: The core meaning of widespread is "occurring over a wide area." This can apply to many things, concrete or abstract--someone could have his arms widespread in anticipation of a hug, or a disease could be widespread (epidemic).
The rumor was widespread within a short time. (rampant, diffuse)
Precautions were taken to prevent the deadly disease from becoming widespread. (common, epidemic)
The Governor has received widespread support for his new budget plan. (broad, rampant, prevalent)
The region has been plagued with widespread mudslides due to the unusually heavy rainfall. (extensive)
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