broaden

verb broad·en \ ˈbrȯ-dᵊn \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

Definition of broaden

broadened; broadening play \ˈbrȯd-niŋ, ˈbrȯ-dᵊn-iŋ\
: to make broader
: to become broad

Examples of broaden in a Sentence

  1. They need to broaden their understanding of other cultures.

  2. The police have broadened the scope of the investigation.

  3. Her smile broadened when I told her the good news.

  4. The investigation has broadened to include the mayor's staff.

  5. His interests broadened to include art and music, not just sports.

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First Known Use of broaden

1727

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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BROADEN Defined for English Language Learners

broaden

Definition of broaden for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) wider or more general

  • : to become wider or more general


BROADEN Defined for Kids

broaden

verb broad·en \ ˈbrȯ-dᵊn \

Definition of broaden for Students

broadened; broadening
: to make or become wide or wider

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