Meaning of “widespread” in the English Dictionary

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"widespread" in British English

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widespreadadjective

uk /ˌwaɪdˈspred/ us /ˌwaɪdˈspred/

C1 existing or happening in many places and/or among many people:

There are reports of widespread flooding in northern France.
Malnutrition in the region is widespread - affecting up to 78 percent of children under five years old.
The campaign has received widespread support.

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  • There's widespread agreement that the law should be changed.
  • The next 36 hours will be even colder with snow showers becoming more widespread.
  • His economic policies have won widespread praise for reducing government debt.
  • The review exposed widespread corruption in the police force.
  • The designs for the new mosque have attracted widespread criticism.

(Definition of “widespread” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"widespread" in American English

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widespreadadjective

us /ˈwɑɪdˈspred/

existing or happening in many places or among many people:

Minnesota has experienced widespread flooding.

(Definition of “widespread” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)