broad

adjective
\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce broad (audio) \

Definition of broad

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : having ample extent from side to side or between limits broad shoulders
b : having a specified extension from side to side made the path 10 feet broad
2 : extending far and wide : spacious the broad plains
3 : relating to the main or essential points broad outlines
4a : open, full a crime committed in broad daylight
b : plain, obvious a broad hint
5 linguistics : dialectal especially in pronunciation a broad northern accent
6a : liberal, tolerant broad views
b : widely applicable or applied : general a broad rule
7 of a vowel : open used specifically of a pronounced as in father
8 : marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety:
a : coarse, risqué broad humor
b obsolete : outspoken from broad words … Macduff lives in disgrace— Shakespeare

broad

adverb

Definition of broad (Entry 2 of 4)

: in a broad (see broad entry 1 sense 4a) manner : fully broad awake

broad

noun

Definition of broad (Entry 3 of 4)

1 slang, often offensive : woman
2 British : an expansion of a river often used in plural

Broad

geographical name
\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce Broad (audio) \

Definition of Broad (Entry 4 of 4)

1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) long in North Carolina and South Carolina — see saluda
2 river 70 miles (113 kilometers) long in southern South Carolina flowing into the Atlantic

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Other Words from broad

Adjective

broadly adverb
broadness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for broad

Synonyms: Adjective

fat, thick, wide

Antonyms: Adjective

hairline, narrow, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim, slim-jim, thin

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Adjective

broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side. a broad avenue wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned rugs eight feet wide or applied to unfilled space between limits. a wide doorway broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered. broad shoulders deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point. a deep cupboard deep woods

Examples of broad in a Sentence

Adjective

The store has a broad selection of coats. There was broad agreement on the new government. There are three broad categories of industry in the region: computers, finance, and education. the broad outlines of a problem discusses “family” in its broadest sense
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Borgeas said he is concerned that the definition of what constitutes a legitimate medical use in the bill is too broad and that students would be able to use cannabis with just a doctor’s recommendation rather than a prescription. Patrick Mcgreevy, chicagotribune.com, "California lawmakers OK medical marijuana in schools; will Gov. Newsom approve?," 13 Sep. 2019 The spokesperson pointed to Twitter’s broader efforts that include publishing an archive of foreign information operations seen on its platform. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 30 Aug. 2019 Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of California and activists whose family members were killed by police, Weber argued that current law on when police could open fire was too broad. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom signs California bill tightening rules for police shootings," 19 Aug. 2019 Each of the court’s seven justices agreed those search conditions were too broad. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "California Supreme Court strengthens digital privacy rights for probationers," 15 Aug. 2019 Speaking with Billboard last week, A2IM president and CEO Richard Burgess said the bill was too broad as written by allowing independent artists and musicians to be considered employers. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "California Senate Passes Gig Economy Bill That Could 'Gut the Music Industry'," 11 Sep. 2019 Tuesday's data make clear that the contraction of insurance has been broad. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Share of Americans without health insurance increases, Census Bureau reports," 10 Sep. 2019 And then there was the much broader, head-scratching and ongoing DHS mess. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Time to lower the hammer on the DHS leadership mess," 6 Sep. 2019 While steeped in various acoustic and electric blues traditions, his artistic scope was already broad and has only become more expansive in the intervening years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Music legend Taj Mahal talks music, race and the Rolling Stones," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And the presidential powers here, absent Congress acting, are pretty broad. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“We’re Paying a Heavy Price”: Senator Ben Cardin Takes on Trump’s “Sledgehammer” Foreign Policy," 14 May 2018 The lawyers explained that the president's powers were broad, the person said. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s lawyer raised prospect of pardons for Flynn and Manafort," 29 Mar. 2018 This helped develop my catholic taste and broad-mindedness in judging good and bad art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 Experts at the workshop urged the MBL team to keep the pool broad enough to expose the wild world of biology that remains hidden to science. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Search for New Model Organisms," 26 July 2016 The rally was broad based, with shares of large technology companies, financial institutions and industrial firms all rising more than 2 percent. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Stocks Jump as Fed’s Powell Suggests Rates Could Come Down," 4 June 2019 In Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare, a bunch of college kids go to Mexico and come back with something awful, contagious, and beyond the reach of Pepto Bismol, or broad-spectrum antibiotics. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Nary a scare in 'Truth or Dare' | Movie review," 11 Apr. 2018 The gains were broad based: both commercial and consumer Office revenue were up (10 percent and 8 percent, respectively), with 29 percent growth in commercial Office 365 seats and a total of 31.4 million consumer Office 365 subscriptions. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft posts bumper Q4, with Windows, Surface, Azure all up," 20 July 2018 The company went on to build one of the world's most advanced logistical operations to fuel a broad-ranging e-commerce business. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Amazon achieved a market value of $1,000,000,000,000," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of broad

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for broad

Adjective

Middle English brood, from Old English brād; akin to Old High German breit broad

Adverb

Middle English broode, from Old English brāde, adverbial derivative of brād broad entry 1

Noun

Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood broad entry 1

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broad

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broad

: large from one side to the other side
chiefly British : having a specified width
: including or involving many things or people : wide in range or amount

broad

adjective
\ ˈbrȯd How to pronounce broad (audio) \
broader; broadest

Kids Definition of broad

1 : not narrow : wide a broad stripe
2 : extending far and wide : spacious broad prairies
3 : complete entry 1 sense 1, full broad daylight
4 : not limited a broad choice of subjects
5 : covering only the main points : general a broad explanation

Other Words from broad

broadly adverb

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