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 Alex Jones endures, broadcasting his claims that the virus is both a eugenicist plot and a myth. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Strange Comfort of Reading a Pandemic Novel," 13 May 2020 The convention will be 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on June 18, broadcast live through a partnership with WISH-TV. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Republicans move state convention to prime time, but will hold it virtually," 12 May 2020 The ceremony will be projected onto a large screen and the sound will be broadcast through an FM radio channel. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How Arizona schools are trying to replace traditional proms and graduation ceremonies," 8 May 2020 Much more valuable than a quicker commute, Twitter embodies the internet’s ability to allow almost anyone in the world to instantly broadcast a thought to millions of people. Steven Levy, Wired, "We Asked for Flying Cars. We Got Axl Rose's Twitter Spat," 8 May 2020 Comcast subscribers have long been concerned that public hotspots broadcast by their routers would slow down their own broadband service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion," 7 May 2020 Sports without fans because of the novel coronavirus pandemic became a reality just past 1 a.m. Tuesday when the KBO League’s opener was broadcast live on ESPN, showcasing the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions as one of five games in South Korea. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Tigers shine on unusual Opening Day in Korea: How they fared," 5 May 2020 Cheerleaders danced beneath rows of empty seats, and umpires wore face masks as one of the world’s first major professional sports returned to action in games broadcast around the globe. Jill Lawless, Time, "U.K. Becomes COVID-19 Epicenter of Europe as New Figures Estimate More Than 30,000 Deaths," 5 May 2020 The innovation hardly came by choice: The high court long has resisted calls to broadcast its proceedings, fearing that a mass audience could alter the intimate dynamic between the... Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Live-Streamed and Teleconferenced, the Supreme Court Enters the Coronavirus Era," 3 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Super Bowl QB Patrick Mahomes to present Courier Journal Sports Awards Athletes of the Year," 14 May 2020 The awards show, which was moved from a live, physical event to a free, on-demand broadcast because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be shown on June 18. Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press Sports Awards on-demand broadcast to include Patrick Mahomes as presenter," 14 May 2020 Watch the Ohio Channel’s broadcast at 2 p.m. below. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine provides Thursday’s coronavirus update: Watch," 14 May 2020 Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is the featured presenter for the Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards broadcast," 14 May 2020 The broadcast played live on BBC Radio Wales, but the footage has never before been available to the public. New York Times, "#TheNewGig With Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and More," 14 May 2020 But the television broadcast has long been the primary vehicle for providing the product to the customer. Ann Killion,, "Virtual reality could become sports’ next big thing in post-coronavirus world," 13 May 2020 But this Saturday and Sunday, Gianola will command a national audience, as host of the CBS Weekend News broadcasts. oregonlive, "KOIN-TV’s Jeff Gianola to host national CBS Weekend News from Portland studio," 13 May 2020 Later, during the seventh inning, Jeff Passan, ESPN’s M.L.B. whisperer, jumped on the broadcast from his home. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Joys of Korean Baseball and the Risks of Bringing Back Sports," 12 May 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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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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