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

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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 Bernie Sanders touts an immigration plan that would broaden access to jobs in the United States for those living across the world. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "'Our own people are out of work': Bernie Sanders railed against US guest workers from Jamaica," 1 Feb. 2020 Does an academy that has made sweeping efforts to diversify its ranks and broaden its international reach over the past few years actually care about achieving the logical outcome of those efforts? Los Angeles Times, "The Oscars need ‘Parasite’ more than ‘Parasite’ needs the Oscars," 30 Jan. 2020 Like a lot of legacy devices, the watch managed to survive by reinventing itself and broadening its skillset. Popular Science, "Smartwatches that help your life run more smoothly," 29 Jan. 2020 The European tour changed Marshall’s writing life by deepening her friendship with Hughes and broadening her perspective, if not her readership. Angela Flournoy, The New Yorker, "The Difficulty of Being a Cultural Ambassador for America," 24 Jan. 2020 The virtual aspect of the new program may help cut down overall costs and broaden the reach to more consumers. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "New coaching program is designed to help you fix finances," 16 Jan. 2020 There’s serious aggression in its furrowed brow and broadened taillights. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "The Right Amount of M," 14 Jan. 2020 Viewers are also introduced to new characters who broaden the ensemble’s range: The golden retriever–like Sarah Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), who is estranged from her Christian family, goes by Finley and draws close to Shane. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019 India’s home minister wants to broaden the registry plan nationwide. Washington Post, "India’s Supreme Court Is About to Settle a 500-Year-Old Religious Dispute," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of broaden

1727, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of broaden was in 1727

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12 Feb 2020

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“Broaden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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