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wide

adjective uk   /waɪd/ us  

wide adjective (DISTANCE)

A2 having a larger distance from one side to the other than is usual or expected, especially in comparison with the length of something; not narrow: a wide river/road/gap/foot His eyes were wide (= opened much more than usual) with surprise.
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B1 used when describing how long the distance between the two sides of something is or when asking for this information: The rectangle is 5 cm long and 1.9 cm wide. The swimming pool is five metres wide. How wide are your skis?

wide adjective (AMOUNT)

B1 describes something that includes a large amount or many different types of thing, or that covers a large range or area: They sell a wide range of skin-care products. She has a wide experience of teaching, in many different schools. The Green Party no longer enjoys wide support (= the support of many people).

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