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broad

adjective \ ˈbrȯd \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of broad

1 a : 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
4 a : open, full
  • a crime committed in broad daylight
b : plain, obvious
  • a broad hint
5 linguistics : dialectal especially in pronunciation
  • a broad northern accent
6 a : 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

broadly

adverb

broadness

noun

Examples of broad in a Sentence

  1. The store has a broad selection of coats.

  2. There was broad agreement on the new government.

  3. There are three broad categories of industry in the region: computers, finance, and education.

  4. the broad outlines of a problem

  5. discusses “family” in its broadest sense

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Origin and Etymology of broad

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

Synonym Discussion of broad

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

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broad

adverb

Definition of broad

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

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Origin and Etymology of broad

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


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broad

noun

Definition of broad

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

Origin and Etymology of broad

Middle English brood, noun derivative of brood 1broad


Broad

geographical name \ ˈbrȯd \

Definition of Broad

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


BROAD Defined for English Language Learners

broad

adjective

Definition of broad for English Language Learners

  • : large from one side to the other side

  • : having a specified width

  • : including or involving many things or people : wide in range or amount


BROAD Defined for Kids

broad

adjective \ ˈbrȯd \

Definition of broad for Students

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

broadly

adverb


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