broadcast

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verb

broad·​cast ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio)
broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting

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
broadcaster noun

broadcast

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noun

plural broadcasts
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

broadcast

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adjective

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

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adverb

: to or over a broad area

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
After being broadcast by TNT and TBS for most of their history, they were live-streamed on Netflix’s YouTube channel last year. Todd Longwell, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 How to watch the MLS season opener The MLS season opener between Inter Miami and Real Salt Lake kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast in the US and UK on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass, following the 10-year streaming deal signed in 2022 between MLS and the technology company. Matias Grez, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 The Los Angeles Times reported Barnes engaged Harvard-Westlake student announcer Jake Lancer during the school’s live stream broadcast after one of his sons was whistled for a technical foul. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Sports, and specifically the end of the NFL regular season and early playoff rounds, accounted for 28 percent of all broadcast viewing in January. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 Fox News can broadcast all sorts of nonsense about Dominion Voting Systems. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Feb. 2024 The Daytona 500, with Joey Logano on the pole, will be broadcast live on FOX. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 18 Feb. 2024 The four prelim fights will also be broadcasted on ESPN before switching to pay-per-view (via ESPN+) for the main card. Elizabeth Flores, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2024 Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Frank E. Lockwood, arkansasonline.com, 11 Feb. 2024
Noun
Prior to the awards show this year, the two stars met on multiple occasions, including the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival as well as VH1's Big in '06 broadcast. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Located 40 light years away, the star's solar system may be close enough to hear human broadcasts. Eric Lagatta, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 The absence of a live broadcast or stream for Canada’s main film and TV prize-giving event followed low ratings for the Canadian Screen Awards that pre-dated the pandemic. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Days later, Vice obtained and published parts of the interview that were edited out of the broadcast, including his comments about Jewish people. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Last year, after shifting from broadcast TV, Netflix debuted the SAG Awards on its YouTube channel, following the ceremony's decades-long partnership with TNT that began in 1998, with a TBS simulcast starting in 2007 and lasting through 2022. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2024 The information doesn't come from one source bur rather uses data pieced together from a few different sources of publicly available information, such as registration information from the Federal Aviation Administration, and broadcast signals from the planes themselves. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 There’s no admission price and Barry will be signing autographs at no cost beginning around 6:45 p.m. and during the 7 p.m. TV broadcast of the Warriors’ game vs. Charlotte. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 One of those stations will add Spanish-language broadcasts of a Major League Baseball team this season. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has tapped broadcast journalist icon Dan Rather, as well as veteran network correspondents John Quiñones and David Martin to be inducted into its annual Gold Circle honor society. Michael Schneider, Variety, 29 Aug. 2023 The award, named for the legendary television journalist and presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association, recognizes broadcast and digital reporting across the nation. Shaun McKinnon, The Arizona Republic, 16 Aug. 2023 No non-broadcast network has hit that record. Clayton Davis, Variety, 22 June 2022 Savannah Guthrie exits ‘Today’ mid-broadcast and tests positive for the coronavirus — again. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 Kotb’s co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, was also back in the studio Monday after exiting the show mid-broadcast last week and testing positive for COVID-19. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2023 The Resident co-creator and executive producer Amy Holden Jones and Matt Nix (Burn Notice) — who just signed a broadcast direct deal with Fox — are behind Archie & Pete, a buddy-cop drama whose logline reads a bit like a gender-reversed Bones. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2023 Other trends include pubcasters pushing and encouraging new viewing habits, like pre-broadcast. Liza Foreman, Variety, 17 Oct. 2022 Smith is Tuesday’s guest on the talk show, but a pre-broadcast clip of their duet with Clarkson is already taking our will-this-week-ever-end negativity and turning it into what can only be described as a can-do-anything attitude. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broadcast was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Broadcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broadcast. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

broadcast

1 of 4 adjective
broad·​cast ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio)
1
: scattered in all directions
2
: made public by means of radio or television

broadcast

2 of 4 verb
broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting
1
: to scatter or sow over a broad area
2
: to make widely known
a secret that I wouldn't want broadcast to the whole world
3
: to send out by radio or television
broadcaster noun

broadcast

3 of 4 adverb
: so as to spread far and wide

broadcast

4 of 4 noun
1
: the act of sending sound or images by radio or television
2
: a single radio or television program

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