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 Here are some moments from the CNN broadcast worth watching: Brittany Bowker can be reached at Globe Staff,, "CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen take shots on air on New Year’s Eve," 1 Jan. 2021 In an announcement broadcast on state television, the minister, Osman Dubbe, said Somalia would recall all its diplomats from Kenya and gave Kenyan diplomats seven days to leave the country. New York Times, "Somalia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Kenya," 15 Dec. 2020 The First Responder Bowl is slated for a national telecast on ABC, marking an upgrade in exposure from the Frisco Bowl’s ESPN2 broadcast on a Saturday afternoon dominated by conference championship games. Greg Luca,, "Source: UTSA will play in First Responder Bowl after COVID issues force SMU out of Frisco Bowl," 14 Dec. 2020 The show begins at 7 p.m. ET and can be viewed via Facebook and YouTube. Dec. 20: Sarah Brightman is doing a global livestream concert broadcast from London's historic Christ Church. Anna Chan, Billboard, "Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Crisis: Week of Dec. 14," 14 Dec. 2020 Vehicles will be able to park on the road to watch the show while listening to an original score broadcast on a hyperlocal radio frequency at 103.3 FM. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "The Cathedral of St. Paul is becoming a holy drive-in theater," 11 Dec. 2020 It was announced with a teaser trailer during last night's Game Awards broadcast. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "“Mass Effect Will Return:” Teaser trailer sets a new (old) direction for the sequel," 11 Dec. 2020 The Person of the Year was introduced in a special prime time broadcast on the network, marking the first time that NBC has partnered with the magazine's Emmy-winning Time Studios on coverage of this scale for Person of the Year. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named Time Person of the Year," 10 Dec. 2020 Channel 7′s Rob Elgas filled in for Krashesky for the 6 p.m. broadcast Wednesday. Tracy Swartz,, "Alan Krashesky off the Channel 7 anchor desk while recovering from surgery," 9 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Hurricanes called it a right leg injury, officially, according to ESPN during the broadcast. David Furones,, "Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King exits Cheez-It Bowl with apparent knee injury," 29 Dec. 2020 While Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and others were not commemorated with pictures this year, footage of their work throughout 2020 was played during the broadcast. Stephanie Petit,, "Here's What Was Different About Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Broadcast This Year," 28 Dec. 2020 At Villanova, Culmo and Bestwick wore masks for the first time during a broadcast. Alexa Philippou,, "‘We’re firmly committed to making this work’: SNY navigates technical complexities, restrictions to provide UConn women’s coverage amid pandemic," 26 Dec. 2020 The winner will be announced during the on-demand broadcast July 1, 2021, on the event website. Todd M. Adams, USA TODAY, "Nominate your favorite Southeastern Mass-area high school sports team," 7 Dec. 2020 The winner will be announced during the on-demand broadcast Thursday, July 8, on the event website. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nominate your favorite Milwaukee high school sports team," 7 Dec. 2020 The winner will be announced during the on-demand broadcast July 1, 2021, on the event website. Detroit Free Press, "Nominate your favorite Detroit-area high school sports team," 6 Dec. 2020 Musical acts will also perform during the broadcast. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how to watch Circle of Lights on Friday night," 28 Nov. 2020 The show is free, though Ballet West will play a fundraising pitch during the broadcast. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Venues are closed, so Utah arts groups are streaming their holiday cheer," 27 Nov. 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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13 Jan 2021

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“Broadcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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