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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Other Words from broadcast


broadcaster \ ˈbrȯd-​ˌka-​stər How to pronounce broadcaster (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for broadcast

Synonyms: Verb

circulate, disseminate, propagate, spread

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Examples of broadcast in a Sentence


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


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

Looking at 13 Netflix and broadcast series, the report found that images of tobacco were up overall in the 2016-17 season compared with the year prior. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Netflix to cut back on smoking after 'Stranger Things' criticism," 5 July 2019 Before the All-Star Game festivities begin on Monday, the Diamondbacks begin a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona. Dana Scott, azcentral, "What to watch in sports this weekend," 5 July 2019 Gates and booths open at 5 p.m., food and activities available from 5 to 9 p.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m. Fireworks accompanied by patriotic music broadcast over KYXY 96.5 FM Radio. Ramona Sentinel, "Calendar of Events: July 4-10," 3 July 2019 The game was broadcast live on BBC One, as every England at the tournament has been, and commanded a 50.8% of the available audience share, meaning that just over half of everyone watching television at that time was watching England., "Women's World Cup: England Semi-Final Becomes Most-Watched Programme on UK TV in 2019," 3 July 2019 The four-plus hour extravaganza was nationally broadcast in Taiwan and streamed around the world for Mandarin speakers on the mainland, in greater China and beyond. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Taiwanese Superstar Jolin Tsai Wins Big at 30th Golden Melody Awards," 2 July 2019 Goodwin came out of the 16-player field victorious, and won a $1 million check after navigating through four rounds in the bracket-format tournament that was broadcast on Pay-Per-View. David Furones,, "Marquise Goodwin wins inaugural 40 Yards of Gold; Chad Johnson hopes to grow the NFL speed event," 30 June 2019 How to watch Friday’s game will be broadcast by Fox Sports and Telemundo in the United States. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Women’s World Cup Preview: United States vs. France," 28 June 2019 One possibility could be having games broadcast on SNY. Jonah Dylan,, "UConn ‘committed’ to football but keeping program in the AAC ‘not a possibility’," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to the major broadcast networks and NASA's own extensive archives, Jennings found a treasure trove of archival material from local news stations and media outlets. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Archival footage, audio immerses viewers in APOLLO: Missions to the Moon," 7 July 2019 The irony is fascinating: That a show made for and originally aired on a broadcast network — the very thing viewers, especially younger viewers, have increasingly abandoned in favor of streaming — is the most popular show on Netflix. Nina Metz,, "‘The Office’ is Netflix’s most popular show, even though it was made for and originally aired on an old-school broadcast network. Oh, the irony," 3 July 2019 The agency sustained public support through coverage by the broadcast networks. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Chasing the Moon’: PBS’ incisive look at NASA, Apollo 11," 2 July 2019 And the broadcast networks have had more success in this category than other platforms (think Viola Davis in 2015 and Julianna Margulies in 2011). Lynette Rice,, "The Awardist podcast: Why Killing Eve's Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer shouldn't share a category," 2 July 2019 The major broadcast news networks spent only 142 minutes covering the issue all of last year, according to data from Media Matters, a progressive media monitoring group. Justin Worland, Time, "The Debates Showed America Still Doesn't Know How to Talk About Climate Change," 29 June 2019 This is wholly dependent on video angles shown by broadcast networks. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Why NFL’s expanded instant replay is step in right direction," 21 June 2019 The debate will be shown both nights in prime time, 9-11 p.m., on the broadcast network, as well as on MSNBC and Telemundo, and it will be streamed on various platforms. David Bauder,, "Who will be on the presidential debate stage in Miami? And on which night?," 14 June 2019 Although cable was making inroads, the three big broadcast networks still dominated television news. Paul Starr, The New York Review of Books, "Fall from Grace," 21 Mar. 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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More Definitions for broadcast



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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