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

Definition of broadcast

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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 Opponents of social-distancing rules are using Facebook Inc. to organize and broadcast protests at the homes of health officials, sometimes using violent rhetoric, in campaigns that health authorities say amount to harassment. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Public-Health Officials Targeted, Live and on Facebook," 23 June 2020 Trump staffers are trying to neutralize the tactic by urging cable news outlets to broadcast gaffe-prone Biden's town halls, listening sessions, and addresses in full. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s Tulsa flop is a boost for Biden," 22 June 2020 The production will initially be broadcast over four nights, from July 13 through July 16, at 8 p.m. ET on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "New York's Shakespeare in the Park is going digital for the summer," 18 June 2020 Disney pays, like, $1.4 billion a year to broadcast games on ESPN and ABC. The Atlantic, "Listen: An Extremely Bizarre Plan to Play Basketball," 16 June 2020 The court in Houston, for example, is building a reputation with bankrupt energy companies -- a hot spot in the current downturn -- and using technological advancement like allowing lawyers to broadcast presentations in real time. Steven Church,, "Delaware Is Losing Its Luster as the Best Place to Go Broke," 15 June 2020 On Thursday, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk-Yan reported that his account was deactivated on May 22, shortly before he was scheduled to broadcast a public Zoom interview with another Hong Kong democracy activist, Jimmy Sham. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Zoom cites Chinese law to defend censorship of human rights activists," 11 June 2020 The special will feature the reporting from a team of CBS News journalists and will be broadcast Tuesday, June 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. CBS News, "CBS News special "Justice for All" explores nationwide fury over racism and brutality in policing," 10 June 2020 The president likes to broadcast his message by his actions also, openly defying social-distancing measures whenever possible. Vanessa Barbara, The New York Review of Books, "Brazilians Die, Bolsonaro Shrugs," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of the 34 dramas that aired at prime time on the four big broadcast networks last autumn, 21 revolved around crime. The Economist, "Watching the detectives Television has distorted Americans’ view of policing," 27 June 2020 Except instead of receiving her Distinguished Young Woman of America medallion from reigning champion Dora Guo, the 2020 winner will immediately jump on an Instagram Live broadcast with Guo. Michael Dumas, al, "Distinguished Young Women promises another spectacular show," 26 June 2020 Watch the Ohio Channel’s live broadcast below at 2 p.m. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine to provide Thursday’s coronavirus update: Watch live," 25 June 2020 It’s not just the four big broadcast networks that are blanketing the airwaves in cop shows. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Half of US broadcast network dramas are about cops," 24 June 2020 Popular local talk radio host Lincoln Ware posted on Facebook Live that he was locked out of his studio and unable to do his broadcast on Tuesday. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Lincoln Ware 101.5 The Buzz broadcast disrupted," 23 June 2020 The five major broadcast networks have finally announced their fall television schedules, revealing a very mixed reaction to the production shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therese Odell, Houston Chronicle, "TV's Fall Schedule Is Here," 18 June 2020 Jeff Passan said on the network’s broadcast of the draft. Dallas News, "MLB draft central: Everything you need to know about the Texas Rangers’ 2020 class," 11 June 2020 The channel then aired a graphic which journalist Yashar Ali later shared on Twitter, along with a clip of its broadcast on Twitter. Tara Law, Time, "Fox News Apologizes for Showing Graphic of Stock Market Gains Which Followed the Deaths of Black Men," 7 June 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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29 Jun 2020

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“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce broadcast (audio)

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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