widespread

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. general, common, rife, universal, prevalent; ubiquitous; extensive, inclusive, all-embracing; global. See generality, dispersion, expansion.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. extensive, general, sweeping, broad, comprehensive, far-reaching, widely accepted, boundless, popular, public, unrestricted, unlimited, on a large scale, over-all.
Ant. secret*, obscure*, limited.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
all over, far-reaching, far-flung, pervasive, extensive, nationwide, worldwide, universal, rife, rampant, common, prevalent, epidemic, pandemic.
ANT.: confined, local, limited, rare
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Spread out over a large area: far-flung. See WIDE. 2. Covering a wide scope: all-around, all-inclusive, all-round, broad, broad-spectrum, comprehensive, expansive, extended, extensive, far-ranging, far-reaching, general, global, inclusive, large, overall, sweeping, wide-ranging, wide-reaching. See SPECIFIC. 3. Occurring quite often: common, everyday, familiar, frequent, regular, routine. See USUAL. 4. Most generally existing or encountered at a given time: current, predominant, prevailing, prevalent, regnant, rife. See SPECIFIC.

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