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

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: 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

The ability to broadcast, the ability to get your message out there. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 See every look from the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show ahead of when the program is set to be broadcast in December. Glamour, "Every Single Look From the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018," 8 Nov. 2018 Beyond that, more than 120 bands and 16 performance stages will be set up along the course, and up to 15 jumbotrons broadcasting the race in real time will be placed throughout the city. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 Both were also the voices of the Berean Sports Network, providing commentary for many of the school's athletic contests broadcast on the internet over the last two years. Mike May, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Berean Christian School student-athletes feted at awards ceremony," 7 July 2018 Cell towers will broadcast the test for about a half an hour, during which time most cellphones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower will get the test message. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The new emergency alert system that lets Trump text you, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 Clash Royale League matches won’t be featured in the app — at least not right now — but will instead be broadcast on platforms like Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell is launching the Clash Royale League next week," 17 Aug. 2018 As always, SpaceX will broadcast the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket live. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time tonight," 6 Aug. 2018 Pac-12 Networks will broadcast Saturday’s contest, which means viewership is available only to Pac-12 employees and fans with last names that start with F, Q and V. On the radio, Tim Healey and former ASU quarterback Manny Wilkins have the call. Doug Haller, azcentral, "A way-too-early preview of the 2027 ASU-Texas A&M showdown," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Active sonar broadcasts sound waves through the ocean that reflect off underwater objects, ideally detecting enemy submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Limiting Noisier Activities to Protect an Endangered Whale," 15 Nov. 2018 The broadcast will be hosted by the Today show hosts Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "How to Watch and Live Stream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," 14 Nov. 2018 With Burr reporting live for his station’s broadcast, an angry fan tossed a full beer into Burr’s face. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "World Cup reporter continued live shot after angry England fan threw beer in his face," 12 July 2018 In his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race broadcast with NBC, Earnhardt belted out that description as Kyle Larson tried to slide in front of Kyle Busch for first place on the race’s final lap. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 'slide job' catchphrase gets new life at Daytona," 7 July 2018 As Jason kills time before his date, the menfolk sit around the hotel, which did not pay to have its name broadcast on the show. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Everybody Hates Chris," 4 July 2018 And why is that — that Dale Jr. thoroughly and honestly enjoyed his first big-time broadcast — so important? Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Dale Jr.'s TV debut was nearly perfect — and proof that retiring was his best option.," 1 July 2018 In 1990, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kentuckiana program asked Roedemeier to help spread the word about its program by mentioning their need for volunteers on his news broadcast. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's to Gary! Celebrate 50 years of news reporting with Roedemeier," 29 June 2018 Julieth Gonzalez Theran, who works for Deutsche Welle’s Spanish news channel, didn't stop her broadcast even though the fan groped her while landing the kiss on the cheek. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Fan who groped female reporter during World Cup broadcast says a bet went wrong," 22 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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The first known use of broadcast was in 1743

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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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