broad·​cast | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio) \
broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting

Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to scatter or sow (seed or something similar) over a broad area broadcasting seed broadcasting fertilizer on a lawn
2 : to make widely known A man who—make no mistake—cares deeply, but doesn't feel the need to broadcast it.— Allison Glock
3 : to send out or transmit (something, such as a program) by means of radio or television or by streaming over the Internet an event being broadcast live on television Poker was first broadcast on television in 1993, but it wasn't until 2002 that the game became watchable.— Josh Tyrangiel … part of a campaign to get people to go online to a fashion show that was broadcast live over the Internet.— David Noack

intransitive verb

1 : to transmit a broadcast Among the group's claims to fame is that it was the first band to broadcast live over the Internet.— John Markoff
2 : to speak or perform on a broadcast program


plural broadcasts

Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a program that is broadcast on radio or television or over the Internet listening to a radio broadcast a live nationwide broadcast
2 : the act of transmitting sound or images by radio or television the broadcast of court proceedings Less than two years ago, the broadcast of digital television—from transmitter tower to home antenna—was considered to be science fiction.— George Mannes
3 : a casting or scattering in all directions (as of seed from the hand in sowing) … those of us who oppose the wanton broadcast of pesticides and inorganic fertilizers on lawn and garden …— Maxine Kumin



Definition of broadcast (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : cast or scattered in all directions
2 : made public by means of radio or television
3 : of or relating to radio or television broadcasting



Definition of broadcast (Entry 4 of 4)

: to or over a broad area

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broadcaster \ ˈbrȯd-​ˌka-​stər How to pronounce broadcast (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for broadcast

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of broadcast in a Sentence

Verb The station broadcasts the symphony live every Friday night. The interview was broadcast from London. If you tell her anything about your personal life she'll broadcast it to everyone in the office. broadcast fertilizer on the lawn Noun Did you hear the broadcast of last night's game? The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Minnesota allowed cameras inside the courtroom to broadcast a criminal trial for the first time earlier this year, for the Chauvin trial. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 The country's Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice issued eight directives concerning what is allowed to be broadcast, in the first restrictions of their kind imposed on the country's media network. Ehsan Popalzai, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Through Artivism, the collaborators are able to broadcast climate information in a free and more emotive way. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 The conference's station is set to broadcast the game for a third time on Nov. 27, and people are not happy about it. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 Be there on time because Santa will have to leave a little early to get to the Brecksville radio station to broadcast his show on 93.7 FM from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 Acclimating to Suburbia How to broadcast your fragile punk-rock identity by making your toddler wear a Black Flag T-shirt. Reuven Perlman, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2021 The trial for Chauvin initially wasn’t supposed to be broadcast either, but Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill allowed the hearings to be televised, siding with the coalition of news outlets. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 9 Nov. 2021 Pro Football Eli Manning never aspired to broadcast booth glory, but the two-time Super Bowl champion has found it with the success of ESPN's Eli's Places and Manningcast. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This Sunday's broadcast of the show concluded with Gaga escorting the 95-year-old legend, who's currently living with Alzheimer's, off stage for the final time. Joey Nolfi,, 1 Dec. 2021 CBS Radio does the first national broadcast of an NFL game. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 The radio broadcast of the game is still available through the usual UK Sports Network stations. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 29 Nov. 2021 Like a true radio broadcast of yore, the show will create clever sound effects onstage and present its own commercials and jingles — listen for shout-outs to Massey Services, the theater company’s season sponsor. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 Nov. 2021 In fact, Beijing blocked broadcast of the Oscars this year after an old interview in which Nomadland and Eternals director Chloé Zhao criticizes China began circulating on the Chinese Internet. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 25 Nov. 2021 The show, which airs on NBC immediately after the broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, has become a fan-favorite for dog lovers everywhere including actress Busy Philipps who will be watching with her Goldendoodle, Gina. Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2021 Amazon at present carries the linear Thursday broadcast of Fox, which holds TV rights to Thursday games for the current season. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 Peyton recalled that Michaels and John Madden handled the Oct. 6, 2003 broadcast of an MNF game that featured Peyton and the Indianapolis Colts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dharma Productions have partnered for a theatrical and broadcast distribution slate. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 The pre-broadcast Premiere Ceremony, where most of the 83 categories were awarded, had an even more makeshift feel. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2021 The globalization of Premier League soccer means the money earned by teams from a spectator’s fortnightly spend at the stadium is dwarfed by commercial and broadcast revenue. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Periodically, the users’ devices will also download broadcast beacon identifiers of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in the same local region. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2020 LE Audio will also include a broadcast audio feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 9 Jan. 2020 That sends broadcast revenues spiraling, enabling clubs to pay for better players, who entice yet more fans to the stadiums and yet greater audiences on TV. Rory Smith, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2019 Thompson had agreed to do a quarter of TV duty with the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast team, subbing briefly for sideline reporter Kerith Burke. Scott Ostler,, 27 Nov. 2019 Among other broadcast German statements was one that the Allies had sustained such heavy losses that Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery was forced to use 17 divisions between the Orne and Vire estuaries. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of broadcast


1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1743, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send out (signals, programs, etc.) by radio or television
: to tell (something that is private or secret) to many people
: to throw (something, such as seeds) across a wide area of the ground



English Language Learners Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a radio or television program
: the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something


broad·​cast | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio) \
broadcast; broadcasting

Kids Definition of broadcast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send out by radio or television from a transmitting station The speech will be broadcast.
2 : to make widely known It's a secret, so don't broadcast it.
3 : to scatter far and wide broadcast seeds

Other Words from broadcast

broadcaster noun



Kids Definition of broadcast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of broadcasting
2 : a radio or television program

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