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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This is a broad topic and one that needs quite a bit more research, but each person's gut is extremely unique and can change over time. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies," 15 May 2019 Paul is a 30-year-old married man now, six feet tall and broad-shouldered. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 The images cover a broad range, from photos of black men which touch on my relationship to black masculinity, to scenes of black vernacular life. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "With His First Solo Exhibit, Photographer Tyler Mitchell Paints a Tender Portrait of Black Joy," 15 Apr. 2019 This category encompasses a broad range of vehicles that includes small hatchbacks, large sedans, and even some SUVs. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Sedans, Hatchbacks, Coupes, and Convertibles," 30 Jan. 2019 The report has spurred the agency to conduct a broader review of foster children sent out of state. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Report: Washington foster kids sent to Iowa were abused in facility run ‘like a correctional institution’," 17 Oct. 2018 Wearing protective clothing and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can literally save your skin in the long run. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do When Your Sunburn Starts Peeling," 18 Apr. 2019 If New York City can finally break the economic status quo for women, then who knows how broad the impact will be? Alicia Glen, Marie Claire, "Alicia Glen of Women.NYC on Helping Women and Female-Led Business Get the Money They Deserve," 3 Apr. 2019 The acquisition comes as shipping companies are scrambling to upgrade their own technology systems and many compete in providing broader freight transportation services beyond their port-to-port business. Paul Page, WSJ, "Software Provider E2open Buys Shipping Platform Inttra," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The gains were broad based: both commercial and consumer Office revenue were up (10 percent and 8 percent, respectively), with 29 percent growth in commercial Office 365 seats and a total of 31.4 million consumer Office 365 subscriptions. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft posts bumper Q4, with Windows, Surface, Azure all up," 20 July 2018 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

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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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