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 broadcast (audio) \ noun

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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 show, like others, was broadcast on a maxi-screen in the heart of Milan's shopping district. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week," 17 Jan. 2021 If Facebook Live and selfie sticks had existed, members of the mob would have broadcast their destruction to the world in real time, too. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, "Living in the Age of the White Mob," 15 Jan. 2021 The dramatic moment, and the hours of debating and voting that preceded it, were broadcast live. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Few hearts broken in Bay Area over impeachment of Trump," 13 Jan. 2021 The Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers also broadcast games on FSSW. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Hoping to catch the UIL football state championships on Fox Sports Southwest? You may be out of luck," 13 Jan. 2021 Many of its stations broadcast a talk format, a medium that has been dominated by a conservative point of view for decades. Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, "Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric," 11 Jan. 2021 The game was broadcast on both CBS and Nickelodeon, but the nastiness of the Saints' defense was really not suitable for the kids' network. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Saints' defense got the first and last laughs while dropping Bears from playoffs," 10 Jan. 2021 Games were broadcast across multiple networks and streaming platforms for more than 10 hours on both days. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "What We Learned From the N.F.L.’s Wild-Card Weekend," 10 Jan. 2021 Ads were broadcast on radio and television stations that are a vital source of information for Orange County’s Little Saigon, an area that includes a business district and the largest community of Vietnamese expatriates in the world. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "Westminster voting site prompts concerns that other campaigns will follow suit," 3 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Demi Lovato joined forces with healthcare workers across the country for the Wednesday (Jan. 20) evening Celebrating America broadcast, which followed President Joe Biden's inauguration. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Demi Lovato & Healthcare Workers Sing 'Lovely Day' at 'Celebrating America'," 20 Jan. 2021 Again: That’s television program, not just NFL broadcast. Globe Staff,, "Tom Brady boosts Bucs’ local ratings by 28 percent, while 7-9 Patriots drop 26 percent in market," 15 Jan. 2021 The Saints' showdown with the Bears was the lone playoff game to be simulcast on the children's network's first NFL broadcast, complete with its own crew and graphics that were geared toward a younger audience. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "What's it like to be slimed? Sean Payton says it's cold and feels like Jello that hasn't set yet," 11 Jan. 2021 One royal tradition that will continue as usual, however, is the Queen’s Christmas broadcast, which is recorded in advance and will be played to the nation at 3 p.m. in the UK today. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla Release New Picture as the Royal Family Spends Christmas Separately," 25 Dec. 2020 This year's broadcast, which will come amid the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to exemplify the unifying spirit of the Queen's national addresses. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Christmas Speech Will "Evoke a War-Time Spirit" and Try to Raise Morale This Year," 21 Dec. 2020 At Ford’s, that means a free, hour-long Christmas Day broadcast at noon on WAMU, the local public radio station, a tack similar to the on-demand audio version that Chicago’s Goodman Theatre has created, which runs through Dec. 31. Washington Post, "Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it.," 17 Dec. 2020 The city's lawyers attempted to stop CBS from airing the video this week by filing an emergency motion in federal court just hours before the broadcast, which a judge rejected. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicago lawyers attempted to block release of video showing police handcuffing innocent, naked woman," 16 Dec. 2020 The Hurricanes called it a right leg injury, officially, according to ESPN during the broadcast. David Furones,, "Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King exits Cheez-It Bowl with apparent knee injury," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Periodically, the users’ devices will also download broadcast beacon identifiers of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in the same local region. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale," 11 Apr. 2020 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

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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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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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