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broad

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adjective \ˈbrȯd\

Simple Definition of broad

  • : large from one side to the other side

  • : having a specified width

  • : including or involving many things or people : wide in range or amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of broad

  1. 1 a :  having ample extent from side to side or between limits <broad shoulders> b :  having a specified extension from side to side <made the path 10 feet broad>

  2. 2 :  extending far and wide :  spacious <the broad plains>

  3. 3 a :  open, full <broad daylight> b :  plain, obvious <a broad hint>

  4. 4 :  dialectal especially in pronunciation

  5. 5 :  marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety: a obsolete :  outspoken b :  coarse, risqué <broad humor>

  6. 6 of a vowel :  open —used specifically of a pronounced as in father

  7. 7 a :  liberal, tolerant <broad views> b :  widely applicable or applied :  general <a broad rule>

  8. 8 :  relating to the main or essential points <broad outlines>

broadly

adverb

broadness

noun

Examples of broad in a sentence

  1. The store has a broad selection of coats.

  2. There was broad agreement on the new government.

  3. There are three broad categories of industry in the region: computers, finance, and education.

  4. the broad outlines of a problem

  5. discusses family in its broadest sense



Origin and Etymology of broad

Middle English brood, from Old English brād; akin to Old High German breit broad


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of broad

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side <a broad avenue>. wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned <rugs eight feet wide> or applied to unfilled space between limits <a wide doorway>. broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered <broad shoulders>. deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point <a deep cupboard> <deep woods>.

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broad

adverb

Definition of broad

  1. :  in a broad manner :  fully <broad awake>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of broad

before 12th century


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broad

noun

Definition of broad

  1. 1 British :  an expansion of a river —often used in plural

  2. 2 often offensive :  woman



1659

First Known Use of broad

1659

Rhymes with broad


Broad

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geographical name \ˈbrȯd\

Definition of Broad

  1. 1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) North Carolina & South Carolina — see saluda

  2. 2 river 70 miles (113 kilometers) S South Carolina flowing into the Atlantic





BROAD Defined for Kids

broad

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adjective \ˈbrȯd\

Definition of broad for Students

broader

broadest

  1. 1 :  not narrow :  wide <a broad stripe>

  2. 2 :  extending far and wide :  spacious <broad prairies>

  3. 3 :  1complete 1, full <broad daylight>

  4. 4 :  not limited <a broad choice of subjects>

  5. 5 :  covering only the main points :  general <a broad explanation>

broadly

adverb




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