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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of widen

widened

widening

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>

widener

play \ˈwīd-nər, ˈwī-dən-ər\ noun

Examples of widen in a sentence

  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


WIDEN Defined for Kids

widen

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verb wid·en \ˈwī-dən\

Definition of widen for Students

widened

widening

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




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