(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. wide; widespread, extensive; marked (as an accent); sweeping, comprehensive; liberal, tolerant. See breadth, liberality, generality, impurity.Ant., narrow.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Physically wide]
Syn. wide, extended, large, extensive, ample, spacious, deep, expansive, immense, roomy, outspread, capacious, outstretched, thick, widespread, broad-gauged, full; see also deep 2 , extensive 1 , large 1 .
Ant. narrow*, thin*, slender, constricted.
2. [Extensive]
Syn. ubiquitous, all-inclusive, far-flung; see comprehensive , general 1 , widespread .
3. [Culturally wide]
Syn. cultivated, experienced, cosmopolitan; see cultured .
4. [Tolerant]
Syn. progressive, open-minded, unbiased; see liberal 2 .
5. [Indelicate]
Syn. dirty, off-color, suggestive, smutty; see lewd 1 .
6. [Clear]
Syn. unequivocal, explicit, apparent; see obvious 2 .
Syn.- broad and wide both are applied to extent from side to side of surfaces having height or length, wide being preferred when the distance between limits is stressed [ two feet wide , a wide aperture ] , and broad , when the full extent of surface is considered [broad hips, broad plains ] ; deep , in this connection, refers to extent backward, as from the front or an opening [ a deep lot, a deep cave ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. wide vast, voluminous, capacious, deep, fat, expansive, ample, commodious, sweeping, large, immense.
2. extensive comprehensive, blanket, sweeping, universal, general, far-reaching, compendious, catholic, widespread.
3. obvious apparent, clear, plain, explicit, straightforward.
ANT.: 1. narrow, tight. 2. limited, specific, confined. 3. unapparent, veiled
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Extending over a large area from side to side: wide. See WIDE. 2. Large in expanse: ample, expansive, extensive, spacious. See WIDE. 3. Covering a wide scope: all-around, all-inclusive, all-round, broad-spectrum, comprehensive, expansive, extended, extensive, far-ranging, far-reaching, general, global, inclusive, large, overall, sweeping, wide-ranging, wide-reaching, widespread. See SPECIFIC. 4. Not narrow or conservative in thought, expression, or conduct: broad-minded, liberal, open-minded, progressive, tolerant. See ATTITUDE, WIDE. 5. Easily seen through due to a lack of subtlety: clear, obvious, patent, plain, unmistakable, unsubtle. See CLEAR, SEE. 6. Offensive to accepted standards of decency: barnyard, bawdy, coarse, dirty, Fescennine, filthy, foul, gross, lewd, nasty, obscene, profane, ribald, scatologic, scatological, scurrilous, smutty, vulgar. Slang: raunchy. See DECENT.

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