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 McKetta hopes that the new findings will spur doctors to broaden the scope of their screening for unhealthy drinking habits to include women of all age groups. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Moms are binge drinking more, but so are all women, study finds," 26 Nov. 2019 On Thursday, the inquiry seemed to broaden into a bracing examination of the insidious forces - including the spread of conspiracy theories - infecting American politics. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "A warning that conspiracy theories advance Russia, divide Americans," 22 Nov. 2019 The United States called on Turkey to stop the offensive and declare a cease-fire, while European Union countries moved to broaden an arms sale embargo against their easternmost ally. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria," 15 Oct. 2019 According to Beacham, at least some of the characters will be venturing beyond the Burgue to broaden the scope of the series. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Carnival Row brings a richly textured fantasy world to vibrant life," 3 Sep. 2019 In its fifth year, the organization will seek to broaden its reach to Guatemala, Venezuela and Title 1 schools in Broward County. Tatyana Monnay,, "No supplies left behind: Mother-daughter team forms nonprofit to help Guyanese schools," 8 Aug. 2019 But the higher targets put pressure on several other candidates to broaden their support or risk falling out of any reasonable contention with less than three months to go before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. Bill Barrow, USA TODAY, "A smaller stage: Here are the 10 Democrats who qualified for November debate," 14 Nov. 2019 In his conversations with them, Ramos’ worldview started to broaden. San Antonio Express-News, "HIV services in San Antonio," 24 Oct. 2019 That situation has required the polio eradication effort to broaden its focus to other community needs and to persuade local political and religious figures to become leaders of the campaign. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "Two Strains of Polio Down, One to Go," 23 Oct. 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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3 Dec 2019

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“Broaden.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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