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


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



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



Definition of broadcast (Entry 4 of 4)

: to or over a broad area

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

Synonyms for broadcast

Synonyms: Verb

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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 This year marked the first time the best drama category did not include any series from one of those broadcast networks. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix has pulled way ahead of HBO in the battle for prestige TV dominance," 28 July 2020 The report notes that the Ukrainian flight had done nothing out of the ordinary up until the missile launch, with its transponder and other data being broadcast. Amir Vahdat And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown that killed all 176 people on board," 14 July 2020 The resort's 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has more than a dozen practice courts and enough game-quality courts to play and broadcast three games at once, though that's not currently planned. USA Today, "How the NBA bubble has taken shape in Disney World," 9 July 2020 Guests will receive a free CD from the club's duplicate stockpile, and FM 102.1 will broadcast live from Shank Hall's stage from 11 p.m. until closing time. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shank Hall set to reopen for tours July 10, with first concert on Aug. 7," 8 July 2020 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten,\n or redistributed., "No title," 2 July 2020 There, inmates use contraband cell phones to share dancing videos and funny skits, as well as broadcast information about conditions at their facilities. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok," 1 July 2020 Comedy is hard, and broadcast TV comedy is even harder — yet seven seasons in, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still the most consistently funny situation comedy around. Kristen Baldwin,, "The best TV shows of 2020… so far," 1 July 2020 Awards in the age of coronavirus don't provide much of that -- sacrificing the rush that goes with the thrill of victory, broadcast live. Brian Lowry, CNN, "BET and Daytime Emmys preview at-home awards shows to come," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His funeral Thursday, shown on all broadcast and cable news networks in its entirety, was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. — with whom Lewis fought and marched — was once pastor. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How Obama and Rev. Warnock made John Lewis' funeral a call to action — and remarkable TV," 31 July 2020 The show ranked number one in its time slot across all broadcast and cable with African-American women and total viewers. Matt Wake |, al, "The secrets of Oprah Winfrey’s Alabama reality TV show," 10 July 2020 Smith had discussions with both broadcast and cable news networks about his next home. Washington Post, "Shepard Smith, former Fox News anchor and frequent Trump target, to host CNBC nightly news show," 8 July 2020 In May, Williams took part in former President Barack Obama's Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a virtual commencement series across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners. Omar Sanchez,, "Pharrell will return home to build a gospel choir in Netflix's Voices of Fire," 5 July 2020 The digital, cable, broadcast and mail investment run until the July 4th weekend. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Brad Parscale didn't vote for Trump in 2016," 19 June 2020 Declining support for Trump prompted his campaign to purchase $420,000 in broadcast and cable television time in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Sioux City media markets — a sizable airing that ran from May 11 to June 10. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump Midwest challenges escalate as Iowa goes from sure-bet to swing state," 17 June 2020 The campaign video is still running on Twitter, and Greene has bought air time to run the ad on broadcast and cable TV in advance of the Tuesday primary. Fox News, "Georgia GOP candidate says Facebook 'defending terrorists' by censoring her warning to Antifa," 8 June 2020 All of the major networks, broadcast and cable, carried the service. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "George Floyd's memorial on Thursday was more powerful TV than Trump's photo op. Here's why," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Periodically, the users’ devices will also download broadcast beacon identifiers of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in the same local region. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale," 11 Apr. 2020 LE Audio will also include a broadcast audio feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "New Bluetooth standard copies best features of Apple, Qualcomm’s proprietary tech," 9 Jan. 2020 That sends broadcast revenues spiraling, enabling clubs to pay for better players, who entice yet more fans to the stadiums and yet greater audiences on TV. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Families of Hillsborough Victims Are Again Left Without Answers," 29 Nov. 2019 Thompson had agreed to do a quarter of TV duty with the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast team, subbing briefly for sideline reporter Kerith Burke. Scott Ostler,, "Klay Thompson behind the mike, like Klay Thompson the shooter, cannot be stopped," 27 Nov. 2019 Among other broadcast German statements was one that the Allies had sustained such heavy losses that Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery was forced to use 17 divisions between the Orne and Vire estuaries. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "ALLIES GAIN IN NAZI-MADE FLOODS," 9 June 2019 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,, "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,, "Newspaper corrections for April 13, 2018," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of broadcast


1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of broadcast was in 1743

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4 Aug 2020

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“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce broadcast (audio)

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



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


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



Kids Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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