broaden

verb
broad·​en | \ ˈbrȯ-dᵊn How to pronounce broaden (audio) \
broadened; broadening\ ˈbrȯd-​niŋ How to pronounce broadening (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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As sales have slowed, Apple has begun releasing three new models and adjusting hardware and software with market-specific features aimed at broadening the iPhone’s appeal. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "‘It’s Been a Rout’: Apple’s iPhones Fall Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market," 18 Dec. 2018 That might raise legal roadblocks to Medicare for All or other efforts to broaden health-care access even if Democrats rode a wave of discontent — and sloughed off industry lobbying — to claim the House, Senate (unlikely) and White House. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s gambit to kill Obamacare risks lives and opportunity," 29 Mar. 2019 The expansion gave states the option to broaden coverage to more low-income Americans, including men and people without children. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Voter Initiatives, Including Medicaid Expansion, Could Get Harder to Pass," 17 Feb. 2019 Clearly, something ineffable has been lost in the shopping experience—and not only for me—judging from the revival and broadened scope of in-store dining. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 Horowitz writes: In peacetime, leaders must maximize and broaden the current opportunity. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 The Marine Corps is accelerating a massive modernization and readiness overhaul of its MV-22 Osprey to upgrade sensors, add weapons, sustain the fleet and broaden the mission scope -- as part of an effort to extend the life of the aircraft to 2060. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marines will fly Osprey until 2060, prepping the aircraft for future wars," 18 Sep. 2018 In other words, scientists need to broaden the scope of the search to account for the possibility that extraterrestrial life may have nothing in common with life on Earth. Hanneke Weitering, Scientific American, "How Theoretical Physicists Can Help Find Aliens," 28 June 2018 Ahead of the election, Abadi has sought to broaden his coalition to bring in significant Sunni figures and avoid overt sectarianism -- and his is the only coalition running in all 18 of Iraq's provinces. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Iraq elections: Voters head to the polls at critical time," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of broaden

1727, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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broaden

verb

English Language Learners Definition of broaden

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

broaden

verb
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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