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widen

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verb wid·en \ˈwī-dən\

Simple Definition of widen

  • : to make (something) wide or wider

  • : to become wide or wider

Full Definition of widen

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to increase the width, scope, or extent of <widen a road> <widen an investigation>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become wide or wider <a widening gap>

wid·en·er play \ˈwīd-nər, ˈwī-dən-ər\ noun

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.



1640

First Known Use of widen

1640

Rhymes with widen


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