broadcast

verb
broad·​cast | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio) \
broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting

Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to scatter or sow (seed or something similar) over a broad area broadcasting seed broadcasting fertilizer on a lawn
2 : to make widely known A man who—make no mistake—cares deeply, but doesn't feel the need to broadcast it.— Allison Glock
3 : to send out or transmit (something, such as a program) by means of radio or television or by streaming over the Internet an event being broadcast live on television Poker was first broadcast on television in 1993, but it wasn't until 2002 that the game became watchable.— Josh Tyrangiel … part of a campaign to get people to go online to a fashion show that was broadcast live over the Internet.— David Noack

intransitive verb

1 : to transmit a broadcast Among the group's claims to fame is that it was the first band to broadcast live over the Internet.— John Markoff
2 : to speak or perform on a broadcast program

broadcast

noun
plural broadcasts

Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a program that is broadcast on radio or television or over the Internet listening to a radio broadcast a live nationwide broadcast
2 : the act of transmitting sound or images by radio or television the broadcast of court proceedings Less than two years ago, the broadcast of digital television—from transmitter tower to home antenna—was considered to be science fiction.— George Mannes
3 : a casting or scattering in all directions (as of seed from the hand in sowing) … those of us who oppose the wanton broadcast of pesticides and inorganic fertilizers on lawn and garden …— Maxine Kumin

broadcast

adjective

Definition of broadcast (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : cast or scattered in all directions
2 : made public by means of radio or television
3 : of or relating to radio or television broadcasting

broadcast

adverb

Definition of broadcast (Entry 4 of 4)

: to or over a broad area

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Other Words from broadcast

Verb

broadcaster \ ˈbrȯd-​ˌka-​stər How to pronounce broadcaster (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for broadcast

Synonyms: Verb

circulate, disseminate, propagate, spread

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Examples of broadcast in a Sentence

Verb

The station broadcasts the symphony live every Friday night. The interview was broadcast from London. If you tell her anything about your personal life she'll broadcast it to everyone in the office. broadcast fertilizer on the lawn

Noun

Did you hear the broadcast of last night's game? The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Video attributed to the alleged shooter, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, broadcast the Christchurch mosque attack live on Facebook, with images of men, women and children being gunned down. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "New Zealand Massacre Video Clings to the Internet’s Dark Corners," 17 Mar. 2019 Alibaba is throwing a Saturday night gala in Shanghai that will be broadcast live on two television channels. Shan Li, WSJ, "Alibaba Is Likely to Set Singles Day Sales Record, Despite Economic Headwinds," 9 Nov. 2018 Every single event, in some way, will be broadcast, adds Reed. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019 Since 1957, the speech has been broadcast on television, and during last year's broadcast, the Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the family. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth Displayed Six Special Royal Family Photos During Her Christmas Broadcast," 28 Dec. 2018 The launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket will be broadcast here. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Tuesday may deliver a triple-header of big launches to cap 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 The unbuilt paean to the college game featured a towering, flat facade, upon which video would be broadcast at a scale big enough to turn the parking lot into drive-in, according to critic Witold Rybczynski. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 Unlike the original rift event, which was broadcasted in advance by developer Epic Games, the end of the lightning phenomenon seemed to happen randomly and with comparatively little fanfare — some people may have missed it. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s lightning rift has created a purple interdimensional cube," 24 Aug. 2018 While many of them have disappeared, one is still broadcasting a signal. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not all of the awards are given out during the live broadcast and most of them will be awarded at the premiere ceremony, which will be available on the Grammys official website starting at 3:00 PM ET. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online," 8 Feb. 2019 The broadcast is scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT, Oct. 20). Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "BepiColombo, the First Mercury Mission in 14 Years, Launches Tonight — Watch Live!," 19 Oct. 2018 Basic cable came in second place at 20%, and broadcast television was third with 18%. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Netflix Crushes Cable and Broadcast TV for Home Viewing, Survey Finds," 3 July 2018 Active sonar broadcasts pulses of sound into the water. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants to Turn Sealife Into a Giant Submarine Detection Network," 5 Mar. 2019 The Journal took a stopwatch to the last five years of Oscar broadcasts to breakdown what’s filling up those more than three-and-half hours. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "An #OscarsSoSafe Awards Ceremony," 25 Feb. 2019 As Jameela posed for the Golden Globes cameras, a lower third introducing the actor popped up on E!'s broadcast. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "E!'s Jameela Jamil "Insult" at the Golden Globes 2019 Was Actually Genius," 7 Jan. 2019 The new feature is the ability for somebody to reply to one of those broadcasts from a speaker. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape," 14 Nov. 2018 YouTube TV offers about 60 channels of broadcast and cable television. Martyn Williams, PCWorld, "Verizon could provide the first 5G home Internet service in the United States, coming in October," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His specialized media approach — including manipulable online data feeds, a global newswire, and extensive magazine and broadcast outlets — have turned the business of business news upside down. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "18 Biographies of the Most Successful People in Business," 22 June 2018 Within a week of the 2017 strikes, Syrian media broadcast photographs showing that the base was operative again. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Syria defiant as Trump orders missile strikes after chemical attack," 14 Apr. 2018 The NW Regional Emmys recognize broadcast excellence in five states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Newspaper corrections for April 13, 2018," 13 Apr. 2018 This week, beginning Monday through game day, Kraft will also support its #FamilyGreatly initiative with a social, digital and broadcast media campaign, including a pregame TV ad airing just before kickoff that will invite families to participate. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Ad Meter: Kraft's Super Bowl commercial will be a last-minute 'family' frenzy," 29 Jan. 2018 Although the show sometimes pushes a bit hard to find a hopeful conclusion in a tight, broadcast TV hour, 'The Car' ends on the right note. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Recap: 'This Is Us' takes a drive through family life with Jack Pearson," 7 Feb. 2018 Stocker, 47, has the most broadcast experience of the three, having worked the last 14 years as a college baseball analyst for the Pac-12 Network and CBS Sports Network. Matt Gelb, Philly.com, "Phillies hire three men named Kevin (Frandsen, Jordan, Stocker) for radio broadcast team," 8 Jan. 2018 Besides, according to Politico, the Federal Communications Commission doesn't even issue broadcast licenses to networks, but to individual stations. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish early voting for Saturday's election barely hits 2 percent," 11 Oct. 2017 In 1950, only nine percent of American households owned a television set, and most networks didn’t even broadcast daytime programming. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "How Watching Congressional Hearings Became an American Pastime," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of broadcast

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1743, in the meaning defined above

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broadcast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send out (signals, programs, etc.) by radio or television
: to tell (something that is private or secret) to many people
: to throw (something, such as seeds) across a wide area of the ground

broadcast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a radio or television program
: the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something

broadcast

verb
broad·​cast | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio) \
broadcast; broadcasting

Kids Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send out by radio or television from a transmitting station The speech will be broadcast.
2 : to make widely known It's a secret, so don't broadcast it.
3 : to scatter far and wide broadcast seeds

Other Words from broadcast

broadcaster noun

broadcast

noun

Kids Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of broadcasting
2 : a radio or television program

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