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widely (adv.)

1660s, from wide + -ly (2).

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Definitions of widely from WordNet

widely (adv.)
to a great degree;
her work is widely known
widely (adv.)
so as to leave much space or distance between;
widely separated
widely (adv.)
to or over a great extent or range; far;
he traveled widely
Synonyms: wide
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