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

Other Words from broadcast


broadcaster \ ˈbrȯd-​ˌka-​stər How to pronounce broadcast (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In an interview clip broadcast by the committee, former Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman introduced herself to investigators and invoked her faith in God. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 The series was broadcast in the U.S. by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, followed later by Sony’s Funimation. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Um, these articles and the news about this were broadcast by our local w. EWS channel five on Monday. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 15 June 2022 The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Mark Heim |, al, 12 June 2022 The race will be broadcast on 93.1 FM (WIBC) and 93.5/107.5 (The Fan). Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 28 May 2022 The season-opener will be broadcast on the ACC Network. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 26 May 2022 Four of the team’s first six games will be broadcast on the flagship channels of ESPN, NBC or FOX. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 The game will be broadcast on TNT beginning at 5 p.m. Arizona time. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The incumbent governor and his top ally spent more than $54 million on ads placed on broadcast, cable and satellite television and online through Monday, data from ad-tracking firm AdImpact shows. John Mccormick, WSJ, 29 June 2022 Many analysts believe that broadcast TV is a dying business with no future, exacerbated by cord cutting. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Fisher was only the second Black actress to appear in a prominent role on weekly broadcast TV, after Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 June 2022 Movie theaters, broadcast TV, basic cable TV — as many folks as possible should be exposed to this noble endeavor, but by offering access only on Disney+, the producers are putting severe limits on its impact. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 Although the dynamic allowed NBA teams to continue to benefit from its billion-dollar broadcast TV deals with ESPN and Turner Sports, the bubble experiment in Florida proved that live fans drive a large part of the entertainment value of game. Adario Strange, Quartz, 17 June 2022 In the end, the London tournament was not on American broadcast TV or popular sports streaming platforms such as Peacock and ESPN+. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Infusing sports into their lineups makes the big cable networks resemble broadcast TV: an outlet that offers a little something for everyone. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 16 June 2022 The material was awful to behold, but these two hours, presented by every broadcast TV network without interruption during prime time, radiated something simple and deeply important: the truth. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The ‘Nothing Regular’ campaign was structured so that those moments could be pushed out on digital and broadcast channels with very little turnaround time. Carol Schram, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Dharma Productions have partnered for a theatrical and broadcast distribution slate. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 The pre-broadcast Premiere Ceremony, where most of the 83 categories were awarded, had an even more makeshift feel. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2021 The globalization of Premier League soccer means the money earned by teams from a spectator’s fortnightly spend at the stadium is dwarfed by commercial and broadcast revenue. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 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, 11 Apr. 2020 LE Audio will also include a broadcast audio feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 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, 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,, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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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


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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