broad·​en | \ ˈbrȯ-dᵊn How to pronounce broaden (audio) \
broadened; broadening\ ˈbrȯd-​niŋ How to pronounce broaden (audio) , ˈbrȯ-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of broaden

intransitive verb

: to become broad

Examples of broaden in a Sentence

They need to broaden their understanding of other cultures. The police have broadened the scope of the investigation. Her smile broadened when I told her the good news. The investigation has broadened to include the mayor's staff. His interests broadened to include art and music, not just sports.
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Recent Examples on the Web For Peacock, adding WWE content will provide an opportunity to broaden the appeal of the service, which launched in July and has 26 million sign-ups. Joe Flint, WSJ, "NBCUniversal’s Peacock to Become WWE’s Exclusive Streaming Home," 25 Jan. 2021 That has changed as Discord tries to broaden its appeal. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Messaging app Discord is the new social life for house-bound teenagers," 25 Nov. 2020 The senators are not trying to broaden their appeal to a cross-section of voters. Star Tribune, "Georgia's GOP senators focus on turnout with all-negative campaign," 23 Nov. 2020 Romney said Tuesday’s presidential election results, especially the potential for a Democratic flip in Georgia, shows the Republican Party has to broaden its appeal. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mitt Romney rejects Trump’s voter fraud claims, says its time to 'get behind the new president’," 8 Nov. 2020 By requiring a majority vote, candidates were encouraged to broaden their appeal to more voters. Sarah Midkiff,, "Georgia’s Senate Race Will Have A Runoff Election — Here’s What That Means," 6 Nov. 2020 Rather than seeking to broaden his appeal, Trump has rested his strategy on energizing an unwavering base of support among mostly white, working-class voters and coaxing millions of additional sympathizers to vote after staying home four years ago. Mark Z. Barabak Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "After four years of upheaval, election day gives voters their say," 3 Nov. 2020 The approach was ostensibly designed to broaden the appeal of the party especially to hitherto marginalised communities and immigrant groups of colour including those from various developing nations as well as Hispanics. Sumit Ganguly, Quartz India, "Why Indian Americans—the wealthiest and most educated of US immigrants—form a key voter base," 16 Oct. 2020 There is room for startups such as Knock to broaden their reach in residential real-estate markets, analysts said, adding that the company’s platform offers value for consumers. Brooke Henderson, WSJ, "Home-Financing Startup Knock Names First CFO," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of broaden

1727, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Broaden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of broaden

: to make (something) wider or more general
: to become wider or more general


broad·​en | \ ˈbrȯ-dᵊn How to pronounce broaden (audio) \
broadened; broadening

Kids Definition of broaden

: to make or become wide or wider

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