widen

verb wid·en \ ˈwī-dᵊn \

Definition of widen

widened; widening play \ˈwīd-niŋ, ˈwī-dᵊn-iŋ\
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

widener

play \ˈwīd-nər, ˈwī-dᵊn-ər\ noun

Examples of widen in a Sentence

  1. The city is going to widen the road.

  2. They plan to widen the investigation.

  3. Her eyes widened in surprise.

  4. They went swimming at a spot where the river widens.

  5. The scope of the investigation has widened.

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First Known Use of widen

1640


WIDEN Defined for English Language Learners

widen

verb

Definition of widen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) wide or wider

  • : to become wide or wider


WIDEN Defined for Kids

widen

verb wid·en \ ˈwī-dᵊn \

Definition of widen for Students

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


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