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

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 The iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place September 21 and 22. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Childish Gambino Added to 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup," 11 July 2018 The show is broadcast on more than 190 countries with models from 20 countries and I got chosen to represent my region. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Kelsey Merritt on Making History as the First Filipino Model at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 Screens can broadcast a variety of advertising on the side of a single bus stop, meaning advertisers can try multiple campaigns or tailor their ads to specific events. Rani Molla, Recode, "Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world," 25 Sep. 2018 The network has broadcast Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm tournaments on several occasions—to the bewilderment of many sports fans—and has aired more events for more recognizable games like Street Fighter. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1975, the American Film Institute honored him in an event broadcast on national television, and his acceptance speech doubled as a plea for money to finish his movie. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Netflix’s Orson Welles revival is strange, fascinating, and frustrating," 1 Nov. 2018 And so when the hearing resumed after lunch, a bottle of Coke was prominently featured in the shot being broadcast to millions of screens across the country. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Christine Blasey Ford’s Coke bottle, O.J. Simpson’s Bronco, and the inevitability of brands," 28 Sep. 2018 Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast. Fox News, "Oscars announce new popular film category," 8 Aug. 2018 The Guardian newspaper quoted her as saying in the clip broadcast on Iranian state TV. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Iranian women are posting videos of themselves dancing in support of arrested Instagram star," 9 July 2018 Activists believe the statement was forced, and The Guardian reported that the face of the woman confessing in the broadcast was blurred. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "An Iranian Teen Was Detained After Posting Dance Videos to Instagram," 9 July 2018 Joining Rodriguez in the broadcast is analyst Jessica Mendoza and sideline reporter Buster Olney. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "ESPN's Alex Rodriguez candid ahead of calling Phillies 'Sunday Night Baseball' game: 'I stink'," 23 June 2018 Bevin has repeatedly attacked Shepherd in broadcast interviews. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Matt Bevin takes another swipe at judge behind pension law ruling," 21 June 2018 Handout/Getty Images In the wake of a historic summit between North Korea and the United States, ABC landed President Donald Trump’s first sit-down broadcast interview in more than a year. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "'I Do Trust' Kim Jong-Un, Donald Trump Tells ABC in First Post-Summit Interview," 12 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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