broad

adjective
\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce broad (audio) \

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

broad

adverb

Definition of broad (Entry 2 of 4)

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

broad

noun

Definition of broad (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Broad

geographical name
\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce Broad (audio) \

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

Adjective

broadly adverb
broadness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for broad

Synonyms: Adjective

fat, thick, wide

Antonyms: Adjective

hairline, narrow, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim, slim-jim, thin

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Adjective

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 indications are that slowing growth there is broad, if still modest. Theo Francis, WSJ, "How Bad Is the China Slowdown? U.S. Companies Offer Some Answers," 11 Feb. 2019 Zones: 6 to 8 John Baldwin (Buxus microphylla 'John Baldwin') This boxwood has a nice, fat bottom and broad cone shape. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 There are also broader philosophical questions here: Should drug addiction be left to the criminal justice system to deal with, or the health care system? German Lopez, Vox, "Ohio votes against defelonizing drug possession with Issue 1," 7 Nov. 2018 That means broader strategic questions remain unresolved because of White House turf wars, agencies’ competing priorities, political sensitivities and a lack of experience with a relatively new threat, the people say. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling," 1 Nov. 2018 That is fair game for debate, but the Politico piece raised the broader question of the president's demeanor by citing his Sept. 11 visit to Shanksville, Pa., where a plane hijacked by terrorists was forced down 17 years ago. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Media batter Trump with storm criticism as Hurricane Florence looms," 13 Sep. 2018 According to reports, 2018 was fashion’s most inclusive and sustainable year ever, signaling a broader change within the industry towards social, political, and environmental awareness that is sure to continue in 2019. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, the survey has revealed some new sites for archaeology, such as Garrison’s upcoming work at La Cuernavilla, and provided a broader context for sites that have been excavated for years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 This terrifying tale has the audacity to take place in broad daylight in the backwoods of a rural Kentucky town caught in the crosshairs of the opioid epidemic. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jen McGowan's Feminist Horror Rust Creek Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The company went on to build one of the world's most advanced logistical operations to fuel a broad-ranging e-commerce business. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Amazon achieved a market value of $1,000,000,000,000," 5 Sep. 2018 His announcement Wednesday was broad, aimed at the entire operations of the bureau. Ken Sweet, Houston Chronicle, "Entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review," 17 Jan. 2018 In the end, Judge Buchwald sided with the plaintiffs, issuing a decision that is both narrow enough so as not to declare the entire internet a free speech zone and broad enough to create new protections for all Americans. Issie Lapowsky And Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Trump Can't Block Critics on Twitter. What This Means For You," 23 May 2018 Trump had proposed a broad, all-encompassing Muslim ban during the presidential campaign in 2015, drawing swift rebukes from Republicans as well as Democrats. Mark Sherman, The Seattle Times, "High court OKs Trump’s travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim," 26 June 2018 The rise in openings in April was broad-based, led by professional and business services, the JOLTS report showed. Sho Chandra, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Job Openings Rise to Record, Exceeding Number of Unemployed," 5 June 2018 Orlando attorney Vivien Monaco wrote Osceola County last week saying she was confused by the commission’s broad-ranging discussion about the types of growth, zoning, development and construction rules that could change during a moratorium. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Osceola leaders move toward development moratorium to weigh new standards," 23 Oct. 2017 Now, under Title I, ISPs are claiming broad, preemptive authority by the FCC. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Montana to FCC: You can’t stop us from protecting net neutrality," 26 Jan. 2018 Productivity growth has not been so broad-based since the economy picked its way from the wreckage of the financial crisis. The Economist, "Britain’s era of abysmal productivity growth could be at an end," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of broad

Adjective

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

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for broad

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood broad entry 1

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broad

adjective

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

broad

adjective
\ 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

Other Words from broad

broadly adverb

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