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“widely” in British English

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widelyadverb

uk /ˈwaɪd.li/ us /ˈwaɪd.li/

B2 including a lot of different places, people, subjects, etc.:

They have both travelled widely.
His plays are still widely performed in the USA.
French used to be widely spoken in Cambodia.
His work on DNA was widely admired.
This is a widely held but mistaken belief.
This theory is no longer widely accepted.
differ/vary widely

B2 to be very different:

Prices vary widely from shop to shop.

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  • The government is being widely criticized in the press for failing to limit air pollution.
  • He is widely thought to be an indecisive leader.
  • This move towards improving childcare facilities has been widely welcomed.
  • The incident has been widely reported in the press.
  • His tutor encouraged him to read widely in philosophy.

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

“widely” in American English

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widelyadverb

us /ˈwɑɪd·li/

by many:

French was widely spoken there.

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