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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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

Fox, the network that was broadcasting the show, censored the comment. Diana Pearl,, "12 Truly Outrageous Moments from Emmy Awards Past," 16 Sep. 2019 Of the 12 games Friday and Saturday, six will be broadcast on full-reach networks for college football: ESPN, ABC and FOX. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 need-to-knows: TV exposure doesn’t get any better than this weekend," 13 Sep. 2019 The debate will be broadcast on ABC News nationwide and stream on ABC News Live. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Democratic Debate Live: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and More Face Off in Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Davis will broadcast live video again around 7:50 p.m. for the drawing to see if that elusive Queen of Hearts is revealed. Kristen Davis,, "See Queen of Hearts drawing with $2.5 million jackpot from Parma bar Sept. 11 on Facebook Live," 11 Sep. 2019 The company broadcasted over 700 games live last year with video and audio. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area high school football media poll: Week 3," 10 Sep. 2019 Using the gastric mill for communication frees up the ghost crab’s claws for fighting and defense and even allows the animals to communicate during battles, enabling them to broadcast their size to intimidate rivals. David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "Listen to a ghost crab frighten away enemies—with its stomach rumbles," 10 Sep. 2019 But there continues to be a reluctance to broadcast it. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 The college football show was broadcasting from Ames, Iowa, ahead of the matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A fan held a sign on 'College GameDay' asking people to Venmo him money for beer. Now he's donating it all to a children's hospital," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Be sure to put them in the comments section once the Facebook Live video broadcast begins. Kristen Davis,, "See Queen of Hearts drawing with $2.5 million jackpot from Parma bar Sept. 11 on Facebook Live," 11 Sep. 2019 On Monday night, the sports magazine show E:60 will air an episode about the first ever live event broadcast on ESPN, a softball professional slo-pitch softball game between the Kentucky Bourbons and the Milwaukee Schlitz. Alex Putterman,, "On 40th anniversary, ESPN old-timers share memories, reflections," 7 Sep. 2019 Hours after the landing broadcast ended, Modi returned to the mission control center to offer support to ISRO scientists, and hugged Sivan. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "'Failure is part of the game': Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt," 7 Sep. 2019 Listeners can call-in live -- the broadcast begins at 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 -- and participate via an interactive website. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Skillet Wants to 'Send a Message of Hope' About Mental Health During 'I'm Listening' Broadcast," 5 Sep. 2019 Lawmakers at the time threatened regulation, arguing that sites such as Facebook should be required to adhere to the same political transparency rules that long have applied to campaign-season ads on broadcast television. Washington Post, "Facebook to require buyers of political ads to provide more information about who paid for them," 28 Aug. 2019 And by early August, Turkish authorities had announced that Netflix and other online content providers would be subject to the same censorship rules that exist for broadcast television. Umar Farooq, Los Angeles Times, "Turkey extends censorship rules to streaming services. Critics say political dissent is the real target," 21 Aug. 2019 The show was, however, the top rated program on broadcast television that night. Randy Lewis,, "Where are all the women in country music? At 2019 CMA Awards, they’ll be hosting," 20 Aug. 2019 In the 28-minute broadcast on Sunday, the footage also showed Berdymukhamedov riding a horse and bicycle, demonstrating weight-lifting in front of government ministers, and apparently shooting firing an assault rifle at a shooting range. Fox News, "Turkmenistan leader purportedly drives doughnuts around ‘Gateway to Hell’ amid death rumors," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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