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 This trend is being seen across the nation, as libraries from coast to coast have started curbside pickups in an attempt to broaden access to the library during closures. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa library to start curbside pickup program," 20 Mar. 2020 Republicans are not the only ones who encounter contradictions and tradeoffs between appeals to the economic nationalism favored by white working-class voters and efforts to broaden their coalition to welcome Hispanic and other immigrants. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "How Bernie Sanders Lost the White Working Class," 11 Mar. 2020 The therapeutic possibilities are likely to broaden as researchers learn more about the biology of neutrophils. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 These encounters and conversations helped Malcolm to broaden his political vision and embrace a more global perspective. Keisha N. Blain, Time, "These Overlooked Black Women Shaped Malcolm X's Life," 24 Feb. 2020 Exposure can help broaden the idea of inclusiveness. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Talking to kids about race," 20 Feb. 2020 The challenge for police departments across the nation now is to continue to broaden their knowledge about what kinds of infrastructure attacks are possible. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Another 2020 election simulation ends in chaos," 10 Feb. 2020 Those smartphones should help broaden 5G adoption and incent carriers to rapidly deploy 5G. This year, according to ABI Research, 172 million 5G phones will ship worldwide, and soar to 989 million units in 2024. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "5G tablets have arrived. How fast can they change computing?," 1 Feb. 2020 Cultivate new friendships that could help broaden your collection of experiences. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 29, 2020: Happy birthday Justin Hartley; Sagittarius, someone finds you fascinating," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of broaden

1727, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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25 Mar 2020

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“Broaden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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