- widely extended: widespread arms
- distributed, circulated, or occurring over a wide area or extent: widespread benefits, widespread rumors
The definition of widespread is something well-known or given out over a large area or to a large group of people.
When everyone believes that a myth is true, this is an example of a widespread myth.
spread widely; esp.,
- Spread or scattered over a considerable extent: widespread fallout from a nuclear explosion.
- Occurring or accepted widely: a widespread misunderstanding.
(comparative more widespread or widerspread, superlative most widespread or widestspread)
- The cultivation of olives is widespread in the districts of Sassari, Bosa, Iglesias, Alghero and the Gallura.
- The widespread interest taken in Louis XVII.
- Events in Rome produced widespread excitement throughout Europe.
- Was there no truth to the widespread beliefs?
- I do not think Americans would tolerate widespread, untreated hunger in this nation as long as it could afford otherwise.