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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



Definition of broad (Entry 2 of 4)

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



Definition of broad (Entry 3 of 4)

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


geographical name
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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


broadly adverb
broadness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Amy Saharia, a lawyer for Holmes, told U.S. District Judge Edward Davila that a broad order rejecting arguments about the region’s influence is improper. Joel Rosenblatt Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Theranos founder can cite Silicon Valley hyperbole in defense," 4 May 2021 Statewide investigations have debunked Trump’s claims of broad wrongdoing and lead to dozens of dismissed lawsuits. Washington Post, "Pennsylvania man admits he voted for Trump with his dead mom’s name: ‘I listened to too much propaganda’," 4 May 2021 But the use of these broad averages obscured real differences on the ground. ProPublica, "The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere," 4 May 2021 Blackshear told the committee that the plan applies the revenue from casinos and sports betting to several broad categories. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama gambling legislation advances; vote could come Thursday," 4 May 2021 Like Netanyahu, Lapid has also offered Bennett the chance to go first in a rotating Premiership that would lead a government made up of a broad array of parties from the far-right to the left. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Deadline looms for Netanyahu to build new government in Israel," 4 May 2021 The ability to project a broad and immersive soundstage is impressive, especially with soundtracks and in Wide mode. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: The Beolab 28 Loudspeakers Represent Bang & Olufsen’s Most Advanced Wireless Design Yet," 4 May 2021 The notice typically indicates which broad category has been violated. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, "Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse," 4 May 2021 Much like Vaxart, the company says the virus stimulates broad immune response and boosts T-cells, by generating mucosal immunity in the nasal cavity and respiratory tract. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Forget vaccine jabs—next-generation COVID-19 pills and nasal sprays are on their way," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For laggard industry stocks that do not fit the ESG, growth, meme mold to shine since the election is a good sign that the economy’s improvement is broad-based. John S. Tobey, Forbes, "Stock Market: Trump's Favored Industries Boosted By Biden's Actions," 19 Apr. 2021 But support for the infrastructure plan is broad-based. New York Times, "Voters Like Biden Infrastructure Plan; G.O.P. Still Sees an Opening on Taxes," 15 Apr. 2021 Growth was broad-based, with the biggest gains in education and health care as schools reopen and hospitals return to elective surgeries and other services. Stephen Singer,, "Job creation in Connecticut picked up speed in March as COVID-19 vaccinations accelerated. Here are the sectors that posted gains.," 15 Apr. 2021 The expansion—driven largely by American consumers venturing out in public again armed with government stimulus money—was broad based, with demand rising from every major industry, from restaurants to chemical companies. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Even Suez Canal Blockage Can’t Hold Back Red-Hot Global Trade," 1 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, all the broad-shouldered, chiseled athletes of the world wonder if there will be a tomorrow. Globe Staff,, "Even during a pandemic, the esports world rolls on," 18 Apr. 2020 The first has the prospect of winning broad-based, bipartisan support and building pro-family infrastructure. Oren Cass, Star Tribune, "The Biden and Romney family plans go too far," 3 Mar. 2021 The buying was broad-based, with Merck & Co., MRK -2.68% Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and AbbVie Inc. ABBV 0.38% all being added to Mr. Buffett’s holdings. Jenna Telesca, WSJ, "Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Is About to Land," 26 Feb. 2021 Strength has been broad-based, with 16 of the 18 industries surveyed by ISM reporting economic growth in January. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Tech Check: Sector Under Pressure As Yields Climb, But Improved Jobless Claims Lend Wider Support," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of broad


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for broad


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


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


Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood broad entry 1

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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


\ 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

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