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.
deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.
a deep cupboard
Examples of broad in a Sentence
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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In April, Ashley was arrested and charged with robbery, grand larceny, petit larceny and identity theft for four incidents from October 2021 to August 2022, including the May 2022 encounter, which was linked to the broader crime scheme, according to prosecutors.—Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Missing was any indication of how the wisecracking AI bot fits into the broader Musk portfolio of Tesla autonomous driving technology, humanoid Optimus robots, and Neuralink human-machine brain interfaces, raising questions about the seriousness, and significance, of xAI.—David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 She is set to work with the PR teams across NBCUniversal’s Entertainment and direct-to-consumer brands, mainly Peacock, as well as the broader team that covers NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen True Crime, Syfy, Universal Kids and USA Network.—Jennifer Maas, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 To do so, Saudi Arabia would work with Iran and Turkey, the main powerbrokers in the Arab world, as well as with Israel via the United States, to arrive at a broad framework for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process with the aim of creating a Palestinian state.—Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 The network also includes a broad array of residential rooftop solar panels, which produce the energy stored in those batteries, and smart water heaters and E.V. chargers.—Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 That inquiry hadn’t been publicly reported prior to the subpoena filing, as the company faces broader regulatory scrutiny over potential antitrust concerns.—Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 Trump's tap dance — touting Operation Warp Speed's success at developing vaccines while criticizing vaccine use — is emblematic of how pandemic politics are intensifying broader vaccine politics.—Darius Tahir, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 Puppy liner, originally a Korean beauty trend, adjusts the concept of the cat eye to suit a broader audience of eye shapes, punctuating gazes and widening eyes with one subtle pull of product.—Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023
His questions started out broad, then zeroed in on details.—Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 10 Oct. 2023 Saros contends that with a definition so broad, violations occur in every water polo game — and, indeed, in many other sports as well.—Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 While previous reports analyzed broad, countywide strategies for reducing climate pollution, the playbook is more of a how-to guide, presenting detailed suggestions to help organizations, communities and regional governments quickly transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023 General manager Bob Myers said that Baldwin was higher than No. 28 on the Warriors’ draft broad, and that the team values Baldwin’s size — 6-foot-9, 220-pounds and a 7-2 wingspan — versatility and high basketball IQ.—C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 Sources at the time told THR that Peacock was looking for a broad-skewing network-style show, while Collins wanted to deliver an edgy, premium series.—Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2023 Major changes for higher ed HB 999, by Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Pensacola, lays out a broad-reaching plan that reshapes higher education along the lines of what is already happening at New College in Sarasota.—Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Mar. 2023 The era of quantum computers should have similarly broad-reaching, beneficial, and impossible-to-predict consequences.—Tom Simonite Sophia Chen, WIRED, 22 Feb. 2023 The actress posted an Instagram photo showing off her toned butt, legs, and abs in a cut-out swimsuit and broad-brimmed hat on Instagram.—Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 14 Feb. 2023 See More
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Middle English brood, from Old English brād; akin to Old High German breit broad
Middle English broode, from Old English brāde, adverbial derivative of brādbroad entry 1