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broad

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adjective \ˈbrȯd\

Definition of broad

  1. 1a :  having ample extent from side to side or between limits broad shouldersb :  having a specified extension from side to side made the path 10 feet broad

  2. 2 :  extending far and wide :  spacious the broad plains

  3. 3a :  open, full a crime committed in broad daylightb :  plain, obvious a broad hint

  4. 4 linguistics :  dialectal especially in pronunciation a broad northern accent

  5. 5 :  marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety:a obsolete :  outspoken from broad words … Macduff lives in disgrace — Shakespeareb :  coarse, risqué broad humor

  6. 6 of a vowel :  open —used specifically of a pronounced as in father

  7. 7a :  liberal, tolerant broad viewsb :  widely applicable or applied :  general a broad rule

  8. 8 :  relating to the main or essential points broad outlines

broadly

adverb

broadness

noun

Examples of broad in a Sentence

  1. The store has a broad selection of coats.

  2. There was broad agreement on the new government.

  3. There are three broad categories of industry in the region: computers, finance, and education.

  4. the broad outlines of a problem

  5. discusses family in its broadest sense

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Origin and Etymology of broad

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

Synonym Discussion of broad

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

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broad

adverb

Definition of broad

  1. :  in a broad (see 1broad 3a) manner :  fully broad awake

Origin and Etymology of broad

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


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broad

noun

Definition of broad

  1. 1 British :  an expansion of a river —often used in plural

  2. 2 slang, often offensive :  woman

Origin and Etymology of broad

Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood 1broad


Broad

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geographical name \ˈbrȯd\

Definition of Broad

  1. 1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) long in North Carolina and South Carolina — see saluda

  2. 2 river 70 miles (113 kilometers) long in southern South Carolina flowing into the Atlantic



BROAD Defined for English Language Learners

broad

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adjective

Definition of broad for English Language Learners

  • : large from one side to the other side

  • : having a specified width

  • : including or involving many things or people : wide in range or amount


BROAD Defined for Kids

broad

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adjective \ˈbrȯd\

Definition of broad for Students

broader

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broadest

  1. 1 :  not narrow :  wide a broad stripe

  2. 2 :  extending far and wide :  spacious broad prairies

  3. 3 :  1complete 1, full broad daylight

  4. 4 :  not limited a broad choice of subjects

  5. 5 :  covering only the main points :  general a broad explanation

broadly

adverb


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