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widen

verb wid·en \ˈwī-dən\

: to make (something) wide or wider

: to become wide or wider

wid·enedwid·en·ing \ˈwīd-niŋ, ˈwī-dən-iŋ\

Full Definition of WIDEN

transitive verb
:  to increase the width, scope, or extent of <widen a road> <widen an investigation>
intransitive verb
:  to become wide or wider <a widening gap>
wid·en·er \ˈwīd-nər, ˈwī-dən-ər\ noun
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Examples of WIDEN

  1. The city is going to widen the road.
  2. They plan to widen the investigation.
  3. Her eyes widened in surprise.
  4. They went swimming at a spot where the river widens.
  5. The scope of the investigation has widened.

First Known Use of WIDEN

1640

Rhymes with WIDEN

WIDEN Defined for Kids

widen

verb wid·en \ˈwī-dən\
wid·enedwid·en·ing

Definition of WIDEN for Kids

:  to make or become wide or wider <The road is being widened.>

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