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broader; broadest

Definition of broad

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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 : extending far and wide : spacious the broad plains
3 : relating to the main or essential points broad outlines
4a : open, full a crime committed in broad daylight
b : plain, obvious a broad hint
5 linguistics : dialectal especially in pronunciation a broad northern accent
6a : liberal, tolerant broad views
b : widely applicable or applied : general a broad rule
7 of a vowel : open used specifically of a pronounced as in father
8 : marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety:
a : coarse, risqué broad humor
b obsolete : outspoken from broad words … Macduff lives in disgrace— Shakespeare



Definition of broad (Entry 2 of 4)

: in a broad (see broad entry 1 sense 4a) manner : fully broad awake



Definition of broad (Entry 3 of 4)

1 slang, often offensive : woman
2 British : an expansion of a river often used in plural


geographical name
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Definition of Broad (Entry 4 of 4)

1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) long in North Carolina and South Carolina — see saluda
2 river 70 miles (113 kilometers) long in southern South Carolina flowing into the Atlantic

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Other Words from broad


broadly adverb
broadness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Examples of broad in a Sentence

Adjective The store has a broad selection of coats. There was broad agreement on the new government. There are three broad categories of industry in the region: computers, finance, and education. the broad outlines of a problem discusses “family” in its broadest sense
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The new initiative comes from Connected DMV, a broad coalition of leaders from government, business, higher education and philanthropy. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Did Ed overestimate Sean with his warning to Jevan that Sean could assassinate him in broad daylight, or did the show deny us by suggesting that attack and then failing to deliver it? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 7 June 2021 The initiative was supported by a broad coalition of business, labor and tourism leaders, along with homeless advocates, who had been pressing the city over the last year to seek validation of Measure C, given its strong showing at the ballot box. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 The group is a broad coalition of businesses, government agencies, law enforcement groups and others. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 Three people have been arrested on gun charges related to the shooting death of 19-year-old Makhi Buckly, who was killed in broad daylight in Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood Monday afternoon. Rebecca Lurye,, 2 June 2021 Video shows a man walk up to an Asian-American woman and sucker-punch her in broad daylight in the city's Chinatown neighborhood. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 1 June 2021 In Times Square, a man wearing a kippah, the distinctive head covering of Jewish men, was beaten unconscious in broad daylight. Ron Grossman,, 31 May 2021 Atlanta mayoral candidate and city councilman Antonio Brown is standing by his initial calls to defund police after several children stole his Mercedes in broad daylight on Wednesday, according to reports. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Last week’s decline in claims was broad-based, with new applications dropping in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Gwynn Guilford, WSJ, 6 May 2021 For laggard industry stocks that do not fit the ESG, growth, meme mold to shine since the election is a good sign that the economy’s improvement is broad-based. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 But support for the infrastructure plan is broad-based. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Growth was broad-based, with the biggest gains in education and health care as schools reopen and hospitals return to elective surgeries and other services. Stephen Singer,, 15 Apr. 2021 The expansion—driven largely by American consumers venturing out in public again armed with government stimulus money—was broad based, with demand rising from every major industry, from restaurants to chemical companies. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, all the broad-shouldered, chiseled athletes of the world wonder if there will be a tomorrow. Globe Staff,, 18 Apr. 2020 The first has the prospect of winning broad-based, bipartisan support and building pro-family infrastructure. Oren Cass, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 The buying was broad-based, with Merck & Co., MRK -2.68% Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and AbbVie Inc. ABBV 0.38% all being added to Mr. Buffett’s holdings. Jenna Telesca, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of broad


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for broad


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


Middle English broode, from Old English brāde, adverbial derivative of brād broad entry 1


Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood broad entry 1

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“Broad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of broad

: large from one side to the other side
chiefly British : having a specified width
: including or involving many things or people : wide in range or amount


\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce broad (audio) \
broader; broadest

Kids Definition of broad

1 : not narrow : wide a broad stripe
2 : extending far and wide : spacious broad prairies
3 : complete entry 1 sense 1, full broad daylight
4 : not limited a broad choice of subjects
5 : covering only the main points : general a broad explanation

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