widen

verb
wid·​en | \ ˈwī-dᵊn How to pronounce widen (audio) \
widened; widening\ ˈwīd-​niŋ How to pronounce widen (audio) , ˈwī-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of widen

transitive verb

: to increase the width, scope, or extent of widen a road widen an investigation

intransitive verb

: to become wide or wider a widening gap

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Other Words from widen

widener \ ˈwīd-​nər How to pronounce widen (audio) , ˈwī-​dᵊn-​ər \ noun

Examples of widen in a Sentence

The city is going to widen the road. They plan to widen the investigation. Her eyes widened in surprise. They went swimming at a spot where the river widens. The scope of the investigation has widened.
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s the latest effort to widen the vaccination campaign. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Bars cited, Playhouse Square sets show, some events back on, vaccine news, more - coronavirus timeline March 13-19," 20 Mar. 2021 Biden’s decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq. Lolita C. Baldor And Robert Burns, chicagotribune.com, "US launches airstrikes in Syria, targets facilities used by Iran-backed militia," 26 Feb. 2021 Biden’s decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq. Time, "President Biden Orders Missile Strike in Syria, Killing 1, Following Deadly Attack on Base in Iraq," 26 Feb. 2021 Biden's decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq and send a message to Iran. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, "Biden: Strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to 'be careful'," 26 Feb. 2021 Biden's decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq. Lita Nadebah Beck, USA TODAY, "US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia," 26 Feb. 2021 For Stowers, the museum is as much an opportunity to honor Hogg as a chance to widen public discourse about graffiti. Washington Post, "A new museum celebrates D.C.’s graffiti artists, past and present," 30 Sep. 2020 Monday's announcement was another high-profile move by NASCAR to widen its appeal beyond the sport's traditional southern base. NBC News, "Michael Jordan buys spot to form NASCAR team, hires Bubba Wallace," 22 Sep. 2020 Planners would widen the station’s three north-south concourses and extend them south toward 31st Street. Paul Berger, WSJ, "More Light for New York Penn Station," 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of widen

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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7 Apr 2021

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“Widen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widen. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for widen

widen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of widen

: to make (something) wide or wider
: to become wide or wider

widen

verb
wid·​en | \ ˈwī-dᵊn How to pronounce widen (audio) \
widened; widening

Kids Definition of widen

: to make or become wide or wider The road is being widened.

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