1. In a wide manner; to a wide degree or extent; far; extensively; as, the gospel was widely disseminated by the apostles.
2. Very much; to a great degree or extent; as, to differ widely in opinion.
adv 1: to a great degree; "her work is widely known"
2: to or over a great extent or range; far; "wandered wide
through many lands"; "he traveled widely" [syn: wide]
3: so as to leave much space or distance between; "widely