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1 having a greater than usual measure across
  • an unusually broad expanse of water in the island-dotted lake

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2 having considerable extent
  • her broad knowledge of American politics makes her a much-sought-after guest on talk shows

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How is the word broad different from other adjectives like it?

The words deep and wide are common synonyms of broad. While all three words mean "having horizontal extent," broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.

broad shoulders

Where would deep be a reasonable alternative to broad?

The synonyms deep and broad are sometimes interchangeable, but deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.

a deep cupboard

deep woods

When could wide be used to replace broad?

The words wide and broad are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned, or when applied to unfilled space between limits.

rugs eight feet wide

a wide doorway

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The first known use of broad was before the 12th century

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“Broad.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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