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broad

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of broad

  1. 1 having a greater than usual measure across <an unusually broad expanse of water in the island-dotted lake> Synonyms wide, fat, thickRelated Words expansive, extensive, sweeping; commodious, roomy, spacious; outsize (also outsized), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, voluminousNear Antonyms fine, hairlike, reedlike; elongate (or elongated), needlelike; bottleneck, close, compressed, condensed, constricted, contracted, squeezed, tight, tightened; attenuate, attenuated; small, smallish, undersized (also undersize)Antonyms hairline, narrow, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim, slim-jim, thin

  2. 2 having considerable extent <her broad knowledge of American politics makes her a much-sought-after guest on talk shows> Synonyms extensive, deep, expansive, extended, far-flung, far-reaching, rangy, sweeping, wide, wide-ranging, widespreadRelated Words comprehensive, general, global, inclusive; boundless, endless, infinite, limitless, unlimited; capacious, commodious, roomy, spaciousNear Antonyms circumscribed, limited, restrictedAntonyms narrow

  3. 3 not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation <gave them a broad hint that it was time to leave> Synonyms apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, bright-line, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luculent, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, ringing, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakableRelated Words cognizable, cognoscible, comprehendible, comprehensible, digestible, fathomable, graspable, intelligible, knowable, understandable; self-evident, self-explanatory; clean-cut, simple, tidy, uncomplicated; overt, undisguised; appreciable, perceptible, recognizable, sensible, tangible; discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, visible; black-and-white, explicit, trenchant, well-defined; clean, decipherable, fair, legible, readableNear Antonyms incomprehensible, indecipherable, unfathomable, unintelligible, unknowable; impalpable, imperceptible, inappreciable, indiscernible, insensible; cloudy, gauzy, gray (also grey), hazy, imprecise, indefinite, indeterminate, misty, murky, nebulous, noncommital, sketchy, slippery, subtle, vague; illegible, undecipherable, unreadableAntonyms ambiguous, clouded, cryptic, dark, enigmatic (also enigmatical), equivocal, indistinct, mysterious, nonobvious, obfuscated, obscure, unapparent, unclarified, unclear, unclouded

  4. 4 relating to the main elements and not to specific details <a broad overview of the topic> Synonyms all-around (also all-round), bird's-eye, general, nonspecific, overallRelated Words comprehensive, inclusive; absolute, boundless, expansive, extensive, infinite, panoramic, sweeping, vast, wide; indeterminate, nebulous, nondescript, vague; nonspecific, unlimited, unrestricted, unspecifiedNear Antonyms limited, restricted, specified; distinct, explicit, precise, sharp; comprehensive, elaborate, full, mapped (out), thorough; enumerated, inventoried, itemized, listed; individual, singular; particular, peculiarAntonyms close-up, delineated, detailed, molecular, particularized, specific




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