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

Other Words from broadcast


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a move opposite to what TV is used to seeing, a streaming series is making the move to broadcast. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Sep. 2022 Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will be a nationwide event as its set to be broadcast across various networks. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Some cathedrals and parks will also open their doors to broadcast the funeral to members of the public. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 15 Sep. 2022 Amazon plans to broadcast the games a bit differently. Chris Morris, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2022 So in 1974, while serving as the director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, Drake used the radio telescope to broadcast the first interstellar message deliberately sent from Earth. WIRED, 11 Sep. 2022 The ceremony, to be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will be produced by Done+Dusted in association with Hudlin Entertainment and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Paul Grein, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2022 Even so, Fox, the network slated to broadcast the event, is close to scoring a major game touchdown. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 The first views of Earth from the Orion spacecraft may happen as soon as 5:30 p.m., and NASA plans to broadcast that, too. WSJ, 29 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While a streaming or broadcast partner has not been revealed yet, typically Screwvala prefers to develop content on his own steam and then negotiate with partners who buy into the show’s vision. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 Of the Clippers’ 82 regular-season games in the upcoming season, 32 have already been earmarked as national broadcast games on either Turner Sports, ESPN, ABC or NBA TV. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2022 To hear the Trinity broadcast, set your dial to WGTK-AM 970. The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2022 The former Man Show host has been similarly ardent and emotional on the subject of gun control, regularly taking politicians to task without any fear of alienating swaths of his broadcast audience. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2022 This season, Stark and her broadcast crew will report on 22 NFL games, including on holidays. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC that made its debut April 26, 2011. al, 19 Sep. 2022 London was fully given over to the event, which was invested with all the pomp, circumstance and showmanship that the monarchy, military and state could put on display for a global broadcast audience of millions. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 The broadcast will start at 10 a.m. and last for three hours, covering the service in Westminster Abbey as well as parts of the procession of the Queen's coffin. Anna Cooban, CNN, 18 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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 See More

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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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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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