Meaning of “worldwide” in the English Dictionary

"worldwide" in British English

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worldwideadjective, adverb

uk /ˌwɜːldˈwaɪd/ us /ˈwɝːld.waɪd/

B2 existing or happening in all parts of the world:

a worldwide recession
An increase in average temperature by only a few degrees could cause environmental problems worldwide.

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  • The author has a vision of an emerging worldwide Christian communion.
  • At their apogee, the novels of Spillane claimed worldwide sales of over 180 million.
  • He rose from relative obscurity to worldwide recognition.
  • The company has a worldwide reputation for quality.
  • He urged governments worldwide to break diplomatic ties with the new regime.

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

"worldwide" in American English

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worldwideadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈwɜrldˈwɑɪd/

existing or happening in all parts of the world:

a worldwide recession
Their worldwide sales were growing by 20% a year.
The rock group has sold six million copies of the album worldwide.

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

"worldwide" in Business English

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worldwideadjective

uk /ˌwɜːldˈwaɪd/ us

existing or happening in all parts of the world:

a worldwide advertising campaign
The drug is worth $3.8bn a year in worldwide sales.
He estimates current worldwide demand at only 2,000 vehicles a year.
It would take a worldwide depression to drastically reduce the current demand for oil.
worldwide
adverb

These three industries employ more than 20m workers worldwide.

(Definition of “worldwide” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)