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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maren Morris, Lady A, Thomas Rhett and more country stars are nominated for the top honors at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 18 on CBS and Paramount+. CBS News, "Dan + Shay, Lady A and more stars nominated in 56th Academy of Country Music Awards," 26 Feb. 2021 Tuesday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Florida. Roy Parry,, "Magic set up current surge with grind-it-out mentality during West Coast trip," 23 Feb. 2021 Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, Georgia’s main opposition party, was dragged from his party headquarters early Tuesday in a scene broadcast on live television. Washington Post, "Georgian opposition leader arrested, deepening the political crisis in the South Caucasus country," 23 Feb. 2021 The game also was moved from NBC to NBCSN, with the New Jersey Devils-Washington Capitals game previously scheduled for 7 p.m. EST now being changed to 2 p.m. and being broadcast on NBC. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Bright sun, poor ice delay outdoor NHL game at Lake Tahoe," 20 Feb. 2021 The game also was moved from NBC to NBCSN, with the New Jersey Devils-Washington Capitals game previously scheduled for 7 p.m. EST now being changed to 2 p.m. and being broadcast on NBC. Josh Dubow, ajc, "Bright sun, poor ice delay outdoor NHL game at Lake Tahoe," 20 Feb. 2021 The game on the 25th will start at 6 p.m. and be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2. Dallas News, "Twice postponed SMU-Wichita State game is scheduled for new makeup date," 15 Feb. 2021 The one-game semifinals were to have been held on Thursday and broadcast on NBCSN. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "National Women's Hockey League shuts down over COVID-19 cases," 3 Feb. 2021 At the nearby North Little Rock First United Methodist, Christmas Eve services will be held in a parking lot and broadcast on an FM radio station. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Christmas church services will look different amid pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the cameras in rotation, the Sony Alpha 1, was released just last week and has never been used in a football broadcast before. John Mcdermott, Wired, "Why This Year’s Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL," 5 Feb. 2021 In a conversation broadcast online Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, talked to Gov. Gavin Newsom about why the pandemic has been so hard to control in California and across the U.S. Los Angeles Times, "Fauci’s 2021 COVID California forecast: School reopenings, vaccines and some normalcy by fall," 31 Dec. 2020 All five acts previously took part in a Tipitina’s TV broadcast. Keith Spera,, "New Orleans music venues band together for New Year's Eve webcast across four time zones," 29 Dec. 2020 So what messages can be found in her Christmas broadcast this year? Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "All The Spoken And Unspoken Messages in Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Day Broadcast," 27 Dec. 2020 The Queen included a sweet nod to her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in her broadcast. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Included a Romantic Gesture to Prince Philip in Her Christmas Speech," 26 Dec. 2020 In another broadcast, Carrey’s Biden used a remote control device to turn off Baldwin’s President Trump and give the nation a moment of peace. NBC News, "Jim Carrey to stop impersonating Joe Biden on 'Saturday Night Live'," 19 Dec. 2020 That photo has been used countless times around the world, in broadcast, in reprints, in books. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Albom: Mary Schroeder took iconic photo of Kirk Gibson. He repaid the favor, 36 years later," 17 Dec. 2020 Danza Chichimeca San Miguel de Arcángel is one of the dancing groups taking part in the virtual broadcast from the Dallas cathedral. Carmina Tiscareño, Dallas News, "‘Faith kept us dancing’: Troupes preserve Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe traditions amid pandemic," 11 Dec. 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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2 Mar 2021

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“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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