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 As with the impeachments of former presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, this one will be broadcast live across major news networks. Wired, "How to Watch the Donald Trump Impeachment Hearings," 12 Nov. 2019 Social Media Producer Maura Zurick will broadcast live videos from the Muni Lot and wherever else the morning takes her downtown. Maura Zurick, cleveland, "See videos of Browns tailgate parties in Muni Lot and new dog mascot Swagger Jr.'s debut before Bills game," 10 Nov. 2019 And should not be the sort of thing broadcast during a Saturday night hockey game — with children across the country watching. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "Don Cherry's racist rant about immigrants should be his last," 10 Nov. 2019 The People’s Choice Awards 2019, airing from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, will be broadcast live Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on E! Karen Mizoguchi,, "Kevin Hart Makes First Public Appearance at People's Choice Awards After Car Accident," 10 Nov. 2019 The revolution was broadcast November 10, 1969, on public television. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’," 7 Nov. 2019 The event also will be broadcast on NASA TV at Doreen Christensen,, "Mercury will pass in front of the sun on Monday. Here’s how to see it without burning your eyes," 6 Nov. 2019 Cheating lovers broadcast live audio of assignations to their boyfriends. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 Extracted confessions and public executions are sometimes broadcast on state television, a surreal method to ensure public compliance of the law. Fox News, "How Iran imposes strict adherence to Islamic law with severe, inhuman punishment," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the diplomats arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning and Americans prepared to tune in to the historic live broadcast, Trump took to Twitter to levy his gravest insult., "Republicans scramble for a message as public impeachment hearings begin," 14 Nov. 2019 Per the broadcast, there have been 69 prior occurrences of a team facing the last two Cup winners in a back-to-back situation on the road. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes top Blues in shootout to post historic back-to-back wins," 12 Nov. 2019 Livestream: Eligible subscribers can stream the broadcast via WatchESPN. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How to watch Kentucky football at Vanderbilt: Game time, TV channel, streaming," 11 Nov. 2019 MacLean didn't object to Cherry's remarks Saturday and gave Cherry a thumbs-up during the broadcast. Rob Gillies, Houston Chronicle, "Hockey commentator Don Cherry fired for rant over immigrants," 11 Nov. 2019 The first broadcast will begin around 8:30 a.m. from inside the Muni Lot. Maura Zurick, cleveland, "See videos of Browns tailgate parties in Muni Lot and new dog mascot Swagger Jr.'s debut before Bills game," 10 Nov. 2019 Duchess Meghan has had a busy week, with the broadcast of the documentary all about her royal tour of south Africa with Prince Harry, and multiple appearances for the One Young World Summit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle "Wants to Make Sure Her Boys Are Safe"," 26 Oct. 2019 The broadcast Many viewers of Saturday’s game on Facebook did not get to watch the last six minutes of the contest when the stream was lost. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 Thoughts on Aztecs’ 27-17 win over San Jose State," 20 Oct. 2019 According to the radio broadcast on WQAM, Dallas was having his knee iced on the sideline and, after undergoing further evaluations at halftime, did not return. David Furones,, "Jeff Thomas suspended for Hurricanes’ game vs. Georgia Tech; DeeJay Dallas among those injured," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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,, "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,, "Jefferson Parish early voting for Saturday's election barely hits 2 percent," 11 Oct. 2017

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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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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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