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 The demonstrators at the Aug. 11 rally, joined by thousands of other Jews — Reform, Conservative and Orthodox — at similar rallies across the country, broadcast the growing activism of Jews opposed to the government’s crackdown on immigration. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, "Family separation and refugee cap reinvigorate Jews’ activist roots: ‘We’ve always been immigrants’," 17 Sep. 2019 When Duque assumed office, in August, Scott was on hand for the inauguration, and appeared on Univision, which broadcast the event in Florida. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 The undercover officer then broadcast a description of Jackson over police radio. Kevin Grasha,, "Chief: Man shot by police ignored orders to show his hands, pointed gun at officer," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to La Liga, Premier Sports already broadcasts Serie A, Scottish Cup football, MLS, Eredivisie, PRO14 Rugby, NHL and NASCAR as part of its live sports line-up., "Premier Sports Announces 3-Year UK Partnership With La Liga & Launch of Dedicated LaLigaTV Channel," 10 Sep. 2019 The Phoenix Suns have only one nationally televised game scheduled this season — Nov. 21 against New Orleans on TNT — and six others broadcast on NBA TV. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns face Zion Williamson, Pelicans in only nationally televised game on TNT," 10 Sep. 2019 Bennet’s ads will broadcast in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, in addition to CNN and MSNBC. NBC News, "Michael Bennet targets Iowa Caucus-goers with new TV ad," 17 Sep. 2019 Unlike plays, they were broadcast into the homes of millions of potential consumers of Kraft cheese, Chevy sedans, and Philco radios. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Syracuse grad Noah Eagle lands in the radio role for games broadcast on KLAC-AM (570), and Armando Garcia returns for his ninth season on the Spanish language ESPN Deportes’ KWKW-AM (1330). Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers’ broadcast team search after Ralph Lawler’s retirement wasn’t straightforward," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In selecting the name Peacock, NBCUniversal is harking back to its roots as America’s broadcast pioneer. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "NBCUniversal will launch its new streamer Peacock in April," 17 Sep. 2019 This week, when researchers explore the Portland and other shipwrecks in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the public will be able to follow along and see the wrecks up close through live online broadcasts on Sept. 17, 18, and 19., "It was the New England’s greatest steamship disaster at the time, and later became known as the “Titanic of New England.”," 17 Sep. 2019 Renowned ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts, among the first female broadcast reporters to cover the highest levels of U.S. government, died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, her family and the network said. NBC News, "Cokie Roberts, renowned journalist with ABC News, dies at 75," 17 Sep. 2019 Week 3 of college football provided its share of entertainment and intrigue, but no result turned heads quite like this one, a stunner that swept the nation on a Friday night, no less, while being broadcast on the new ACC Network. Ross Dellenger,, "Les Miles Revels in and Reflects on Kansas's Historic Power 5 Road Upset," 16 Sep. 2019 Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and professional broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: The harvest moon is shining bright this week," 15 Sep. 2019 The conference released the 2019-20 men’s basketball broadcast schedule on Thursday. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Heat Index 2.0, TV exposure galore in Week Three, crafting the football schedule and more," 14 Sep. 2019 Rice's last win over Texas came in 1994 at Rice Stadium in a game moved to a Sunday night broadcast on ESPN to fill a slot vacated by the cancellation of the remainder of the 1994 MLB season due to the player strike. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: No. 12 Texas at Rice," 13 Sep. 2019 It's been standard operating procedure for local television networks to carry cable NFL broadcasts, although this year's Thursday games have relocated from CBS. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local cable subscribers who no longer have NFL Network shouldn't worry about Sept. 26 Packers game," 13 Sep. 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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