broadcast

verb
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

broadcast

noun
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

broadcast

adjective

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

broadcast

adverb

Definition of broadcast (Entry 4 of 4)

: to or over a broad area

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Other Words from broadcast

Verb

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

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 Comedy Channel was broadcasting live from outside the courthouse. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: Musings on O.J. Simpson 25 years later, and replacing a putter," 10 June 2019 Over the next few hours, Hand broadcast live on Facebook from her backyard, showing the team grabbing her family pets and killing them. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "To stop a virus, California has euthanized more than 1.2 million birds. Is it reckless or necessary?," 7 June 2019 Despite the turnout, none of the team's Olympic matches had been broadcast live on national television. Jaide Timm-garcia, CNN, "Women's World Cup: The match that changed women's football," 31 May 2019 The awards show is broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Vogue, "Billboard Music Awards 2019: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet," 1 May 2019 The proceedings, which begin Tuesday, will be broadcast live on television and all eyes will be focused on the impartiality of the Spanish Supreme Court. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spain’s courts put to test by trial of Catalan separatists," 11 Feb. 2019 The advertising gains highlight the importance of live sports for CBS’s broadcast operations. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "CBS Misses Revenue Estimates Despite Jolt From Super Bowl," 2 May 2019 The fall of his hand and the slight inward turn of his feet broadcast vulnerability and melancholy. Vogue, "“Friday I’m in Love”—A Valentine to Robert Smith as the Cure Is Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," 29 Mar. 2019 While effective, broadcasting sound underwater reveals the location of the friendly ship or sub to those around it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants to Turn Sealife Into a Giant Submarine Detection Network," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The swinging lights are sensational in the theater, giving a sense of both climax and danger, but on the broadcast the technique came across as sort of puny. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 Buttigieg told Maddow on April 15, offering an unprecedented moment: a presidential candidate on a major cable broadcast talking about the pain of coming out. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Why I’m Not Here for Pete Buttigieg’s Moderate Politics in the 2020 Primaries," 10 May 2019 In New York, Macy’s offered 25 minutes of fireworks over the East River, plus the West Point Band and entertainers including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, and Keith Urban on NBC’s broadcast. BostonGlobe.com, "Americans celebrate nation’s birthday, lament divisions," 4 July 2018 The commercials will air on broadcast and cable channels in the Chicago area starting Thursday, Balk said. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Animal welfare group targets McDonald's in new TV ads in Chicago market," 20 June 2018 Although the controversial moment was not televised on the ITV broadcast to British viewers, others watching — and all of Twitter, once the clip was picked up and circulated — certainly did catch his hand gesture. Raisa Bruner, Time, "World Cup Performer Robbie Williams Made Quite an Eyebrow-Raising Statement," 14 June 2018 Dallas threw a parade for Caleb Hutchinson this week, with highlights scheduled to be shown on Sunday's American Idol broadcast on WSB-TV. Brian O'shea, ajc, "Where is Dallas, Ga.?," 20 May 2018 Barry, an experienced filmmaker, was a consultant on this broadcast. CBS News, "Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 16 years later," 19 May 2018 No smoke or fire could be seen at the scene, per the L.A. Times, but local broadcasts did show a hole in the roof of the warehouse where the jet made impact. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "An F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed into a California Warehouse," 17 May 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, 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

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First Known Use of broadcast

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

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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 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

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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