broadcast

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verb

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

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
broadcaster noun

broadcast

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noun

plural broadcasts
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

broadcast

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adjective

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

broadcast

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adverb

: to or over a broad area

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The show will be broadcast live on Univision at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) and will also be available on HBO Max. Sigal Ratner-arias, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 The tournament, which kicks off its 28-day run Nov. 20, will be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 How to watch Every World Series game will be broadcast on FOX, with pregame coverage for Game 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. Josh Criswell, Chron, 5 Nov. 2022 Like last year, this year's service will be broadcast by ITV as part of a special December program. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Nov. 2022 It will be broadcast by PBS in the US, the BBC in the United Kingdom, and Multichoice in Africa. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2022 Three games will air on Fox, two will be broadcast on ABC and two are designated for the main ESPN channel. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 4 Nov. 2022 The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast live on NBC Monday from the Microsoft Theater in ‎Los Angeles. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 The ceremony, which is traditionally conducted in private one hour prior to the Principal Proclamation — the first time a new monarch is announced public — is being broadcast live on national television for the first time. Matthew Mulligan, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022
Noun
The Working Families Party of Oregon then spent $220,000 on broadcast and online advertising on Nov. 2 to support Kotek. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 17 Nov. 2022 According to a study from Tremor International, a video-first ad tech platform, 38% of fans ages 25-34 prefer to watch games on streaming compared to 33% on broadcast or cable television. Joe Reedy, Chicago Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 All the major broadcast and cable-news networks plus PBS will offer coverage of election returns. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2022 The total average audience for the major broadcast and cable networks’ midterm coverage Tuesday was 21.7 million, down 32% from the 31.9 million who watched in 2018. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 There are numerous options for watching pickleball matches, such as YouTube channels, livestreams via Facebook, fuboTV, and some coverage on broadcast and cable channels, but demand for live coverage remains modest. Josh Woods, Chron, 7 Nov. 2022 In House and Senate races alone, more than 453,000 ad airings on broadcast and cable TV from Jan. 1 to Nov. 4 mentioned inflation, data from the ad-tracking firm AdImpact shows. John Mccormick, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2022 A mere 3% of major female characters were 60 and over, both for broadcast and streaming. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 28 Oct. 2022 Nippon Television, the Japanese broadcast and production group that owns Hulu Japan, has made headlines in recent months with the success of its TV formats. Patrick Frater, Variety, 24 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Smith is Tuesday’s guest on the talk show, but a pre-broadcast clip of their duet with Clarkson is already taking our will-this-week-ever-end negativity and turning it into what can only be described as a can-do-anything attitude. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 11 Oct. 2022 The ‘Nothing Regular’ campaign was structured so that those moments could be pushed out on digital and broadcast channels with very little turnaround time. Carol Schram, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broadcast was in 1743

Dictionary Entries Near broadcast

Cite this Entry

“Broadcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broadcast. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

broadcast 1 of 4

adjective

broad·​cast ˈbrȯd-ˌkast How to pronounce broadcast (audio)
1
: scattered in all directions
2
: made public by means of radio or television

broadcast

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verb

broadcast also broadcasted; broadcasting
1
: to scatter or sow over a broad area
2
: to make widely known
a secret that I wouldn't want broadcast to the whole world
3
: to send out by radio or television
broadcaster noun

broadcast

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adverb

: so as to spread far and wide

broadcast

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noun

1
: the act of sending sound or images by radio or television
2
: a single radio or television program

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