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 Twenty-six of the Beavers’ game will be broadcast, including four on the ESPN family of networks. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers baseball: 2020 schedule, TV channel, how to watch," 19 Feb. 2020 The debate will be broadcast live from the Paris Theater beginning at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST. Caitlin Kelly, Wired, "How to Watch Tonight's Nevada Democratic Primary Debate," 19 Feb. 2020 Both entrances were broadcast on giant videoboards around the superspeedway. Jenna Fryer,, "Rain postpones Daytona 500," 16 Feb. 2020 Both entrances were broadcast on giant video boards around the superspeedway. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Rains postpones Daytona 500 until Monday," 16 Feb. 2020 The show is broadcast weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on CBS (which also has a streaming service). Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Dream Car Week Starts Feb. 17 on The Price Is Right," 14 Feb. 2020 The Daytona 500 will be broadcast on Fox at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jason Hoffman,, "Who's favored to win the Daytona 500? Betting odds, TV info for the Great American Race.," 13 Feb. 2020 One of the best Oscar moments for women wasn’t broadcast on TV. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "The top-5 moments for women at the Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 The 2020 Oscars will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb. 9) at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on ABC. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Ahead of Elton John's Annual AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party, David Furnish Talks Potential Best Original Song Win," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The onslaught took down or defaced thousands of websites, and even disrupted the broadcasts of two television stations. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The US Blames Russia's GRU for Sweeping Cyberattacks in Georgia," 20 Feb. 2020 More than four million people reportedly bought the American pay-per-view broadcast of Mayweather-Pacquiao. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "How Wilder-Fury II Became the Biggest Boxing Match in the World," 20 Feb. 2020 The government is at war with the BBC, boycotting some of its flagship broadcasts and threatening its future funding. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Boris Johnson Aide Quits After Furor Over Racial Comments," 17 Feb. 2020 Top two rated sports broadcasts of the weekend -- XFL on FOX & ABC. cleveland, "XFL debuts to promising ratings, though Johnny Manziel has doubts about new league," 10 Feb. 2020 According to the network, viewers in the Portland market can’t watch the live broadcast of the ceremony at or with the ABC app and a participating TV provider. oregonlive, "Oscars 2020; Oscars red carpet coverage; ‘Homeland’; ‘For Life’: TV This Week," 9 Feb. 2020 During this year’s Super Bowl, the NFL sponsored the broadcast of a public service video, the first in a series of PSAs about black men and boys killed by police. Nick Romano,, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z stay seated during National Anthem at Super Bowl," 3 Feb. 2020 According to the Times, during Sunday's Super Bowl, the league will sponsor the broadcast of a public service video as part of a series that shows the stories of black men killed by police. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Jay-Z Addresses NFL Partnership, Colin Kaepernick Ahead of Super Bowl," 1 Feb. 2020 But on Feldman’s television stream playing CNN’s broadcast of the festivities, the countdown hadn’t even reached its famous last 10 seconds. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "In the age of Twitter and group chats, seconds-long streaming delays can make or break live entertainment," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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