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

The student inquiry is at the center of a broader effort by USC to come to grips with the ways Singer infiltrated the campus. Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, "How many students cheated to get into USC? A look inside the admissions investigation," 16 July 2019 Will Facebook offer a broader range of financial services? Timothy Massad, Fortune, "Is Facebook Libra a Betrayal of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision?," 15 July 2019 The four-year partnership is focused on inflammatory disorders and cancers, but the underlying science could potentially apply to a broad range of illnesses, executives at both companies said. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Weeks after Kymera signed $70m deal with Vertex, the Cambridge biotech’s CEO is out," 15 July 2019 The two dissenting justices said the ruling was too broad. Rachel La Corte, The Seattle Times, "Washington court: Obesity covered by antidiscrimination law," 12 July 2019 Institutions take a broad range of views on oil heading into the second half of the year. David Hodari, WSJ, "Oil Prices Caught Between Slower Growth and Mideast Turmoil," 30 June 2019 While other states have introduced updated definitions of racial discrimination to include a broader range of hair textures or styles, California is set to be the first state to outright ban discrimination based on it. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "California To Become First State To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair," 30 June 2019 That broad range of experiences gives DuVernay a good sense of how the industry is changing, which makes her interview particularly chilling. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Netflix Is a Business, Not a Movement," 24 June 2019 Barack and Michelle Obama have been developing a much broader portfolio of projects since leaving the White House. The Editors, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 His announcement Wednesday was broad, aimed at the entire operations of the bureau. Ken Sweet, Houston Chronicle, "Entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review," 17 Jan. 2018 In the end, Judge Buchwald sided with the plaintiffs, issuing a decision that is both narrow enough so as not to declare the entire internet a free speech zone and broad enough to create new protections for all Americans. Issie Lapowsky And Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Trump Can't Block Critics on Twitter. What This Means For You," 23 May 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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