broadcast

adjective
broad·cast | \ˈbrȯd-ˌkast \

Definition of broadcast 

(Entry 1 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

verb
broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting

Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to scatter or sow (seed or something similar) over a broad area

2 : to make widely known

3 : to transmit or make public by means of radio or television

intransitive verb

1 : to transmit a broadcast

2 : to speak or perform on a broadcast program

broadcast

adverb

Definition of broadcast (Entry 3 of 4)

: to or over a broad area

broadcast

noun

Definition of broadcast (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : the act of transmitting sound or images by radio or television

2 : a single radio or television program

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Other Words from broadcast

Verb

broadcaster noun

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: 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the women who broadcasted Meghan’s comments was Una Mullally, a prominent journalist and campaigner for women’s rights. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Someone Accidentally Tweeted That Meghan Markle Has an Abortion Opinion," 11 July 2018 In keeping with a multiyear agreement with Disney and ESPN Networks announced earlier today, the Overwatch League playoffs will air on DisneyXD and various ESPN channels, with ESPN's flagship broadcasting the first day of the finals live on July 28. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Liberty, which owns a controlling interest in satellite-radio-broadcasting company Sirius XM, is working on revamping its initial offer, one of the people said. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "A Bidding War Brews Over Bankrupt iHeartMedia," 9 July 2018 More than 20,000 people turn out to watch the competition and ESPN broadcasts the eating contest live to over 1 million viewers. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "Joey Chestnut Just Set Another Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest Record," 4 July 2018 And then out of the darkness, broadcast live on TV, a grimy paramedic emerged with Baby Jessica in his arms, bandaged and dirty and alive. Karina Bland, azcentral, "We're looking for hope, and we see it in the faces of the rescued boys in Thailand," 9 July 2018 While officials usually appeal to Syrians abroad to return during television appearances and interviews, this is the first formal appeal broadcast on official media. Fox News, "Syrian government calls on refugees to return home," 4 July 2018 While officials usually appeal to Syrians abroad to return during television appearances and interviews, this is the first formal appeal broadcast on official media. NBC News, "Syrian government calls on refugees to return home," 4 July 2018 The case turned into a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live around the world. Fox News, "Appeal by Jodi Arias cites 'circus-like atmosphere' at trial," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Croatia's fans watch a broadcast of the World Cup semifinal match between Croatia and England. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 Hyacinth's sister, Zip, saw Jones first, on a TV broadcast, and urged Hyacinth to check him out. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "She woke up in Jonestown — everyone was dead," 13 July 2018 In sharp contrast to the slap-dash political image the country broadcasts to the globe, England’s performances in this year’s World Cup have been uncharacteristically composed, clinical and tactically astute. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018 This Is Us is honored for its contributions for broadcast, but all seem unlikely. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 But Netflix is turning into a kind of broadcast-TV network: a big umbrella for lots of different kinds of programming. David Sims, The Atlantic, "AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Make HBO More Like Netflix," 9 July 2018 Jeremy Guthrie joined Plesac and Braun in mid-April for a Facebook broadcast in Toronto. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Another former Royals player will handle this week's Facebook-only game against Brewers," 26 June 2018 The economics are especially challenging on broadcast TV. Houston Chronicle, "NBC cancels 'Timeless' for the second time," 22 June 2018 At that point, a lucky number of visitors were selected for a meeting with an expert that was recorded for potential broadcast. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "From Motown heirlooms to Jimmy Hoffa tales, Detroit brings it to 'Antiques Roadshow'," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of broadcast

Adjective

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adverb

1743, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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