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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Other Words from broadcast


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


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


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

Clips from the wedding were broadcast live on Diplo's Instagram Story, and others on the guest list included Khalid and Dan + Shay, who performed an acoustic duet for the ceremony. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Were Married in a Las Vegas Chapel," 2 May 2019 Most of the live TV services offer the major sports channels such as Fox Sports and NBC Sports Network, as well as games broadcast on network TV. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "How not to break the bank on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2019 In a hearing that lasted about an hour and was broadcast live, Judge Kidd said the sentence... Robb M. Stewart, WSJ, "Cardinal George Pell Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Choirboys," 12 Mar. 2019 Recent presidents have all telegraphed their peace plans and broadcast each purported step toward progress, with the unintended... Jonathan Schanzer And, WSJ, "Trump’s Subtlety Could Yield Middle East Peace," 13 Mar. 2019 Two members resigned in protest of the club’s position, and because of the pressure felt by corporate sponsors of the Masters, the 2003 and 2004 tournaments were broadcast without commercials. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "At the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, a Changing of the Guard—And a Changing of the Game," 11 Apr. 2019 Syfy only had the rights to broadcast the show (in the US), and while cable subscribers could catch up, those who cut the cord couldn’t stream it anywhere. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "You’ll be able to binge all of Syfy’s Nightflyers starting on December 2nd," 5 Oct. 2018 Events not included in the ESPN broadcast window, plus live streams of the musical performances, will be shared via @XGames on YouTube, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019 Faceoff is set for 7:30 a.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU., "Digest (July 12): United States roars past Iroquois in first game at FIL World Championship," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In its fifth season, the show remains one of the most popular dramas on broadcast television. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Fox Cuts Jussie Smollett From Final Episodes of ‘Empire’ Season," 22 Feb. 2019 Websites and streaming services aren’t bound to the rules of broadcast television — which typically dictate a 20 or 40-minute-per-episode runtime, with commercial breaks — and there’s been some interesting experiments over the years. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery mini-episodes begin streaming next month," 20 Sep. 2018 But this decline mirrors a trend across all broadcast television, which in total dipped 16 percent in 2017 thanks in large part to the rise in popularity of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump mocks NFL for ratings drop in season opener; suggests numbers would improve if players didn't kneel," 9 Sep. 2018 An automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, or ADS-B, system common in modern aircraft will be the first, long-range instrument for detecting other aircraft. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Startup plans to revolutionize the air cargo industry, starting with Alaska," 15 June 2018 In a typical broadcast television deal, a production company will retain ownership of a TV show and license it to the network, in this case ABC. Brian Stelter, CNN, "'Roseanne' is done, but the Conner family may not be," 30 May 2018 The trial, culminating in the verdict’s broadcast from within the courtroom, created some of the most intense early demand for the current 24-hour news cycle and sowed the seeds for the reality television boom to follow. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Tonight's broadcast of Super Bowl LIII brought a chilling teaser for The Handmaid's Tale Season 3. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Trailer Dropped During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Those are controlled by Media Rights Capital, while Netflix owns the broadcast rights to them. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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,, "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,, "Jefferson Parish early voting for Saturday's election barely hits 2 percent," 11 Oct. 2017 In 1950, only nine percent of American households owned a television set, and most networks didn’t even broadcast daytime programming. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "How Watching Congressional Hearings Became an American Pastime," 8 June 2017

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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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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