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 The two companies resolved the dispute in February, allowing DISH TV to broadcast the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Today are no longer permitted to broadcast anywhere among the bloc's 27 member states. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 May 2022 While visits to elders are still on pause because of the pandemic, 12 Nikaitchuat students recently recorded their singing to broadcast on the KOTZ radio station. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2022 The most newsworthy figure in the world, Mr. Trump was not short of ways to broadcast his claims about the 2020 election. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Some, including the San Diego Police Department, continue to use unencrypted channels and switch to separate, encrypted channels to broadcast people’s personal information. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 But services continue to be broadcast via social media and local TV — that has been successful in attracting people from other communities. Steve Leblanc,, 17 Apr. 2022 Polsat, which showed the rest of the U.F.C. 273 card, declined to broadcast the fight between Chimaev and Burns because of Chimaev’s post showing his video chat with Kadyrov. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 What’s the deal behind Apple TV’s deal to broadcast baseball games? Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For no defensible reason, it was deemed essential that the production staff be able to flee game locations one second after the conclusion of every broadcast. Brian T. Brown, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The idea was to never lose track of Tiger during the entire body of a three-hour broadcast. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Ahead of the live broadcast, airing on CBS and Paramount+, several awards were handed out in categories at the Premiere Ceremony, hosted by LeVar Burton. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2022 The first appears to be a screenshot of a news broadcast featuring an airplane with a lower section circled. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary and Hubie Brown, celebrating his 50th year of calling basketball action (two in the ABA, 40 in the NBA), will join during parts of the broadcast. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 31 Mar. 2022 That led to several changes in the Oscars going into this year, including the addition of hosts and awarding eight categories ahead of the broadcast and editing them into the live show. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 The incident overshadowed not only the night's numerous historic winners, but the vast majority of the broadcast. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 28 Mar. 2022 But Thursday night, WTTW resumed production of the nightly 7 p.m. newscast, with executive producer Jay Smith and other management personnel handling the technical aspects of the live broadcast. Robert Channick,, 21 Mar. 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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More Definitions for broadcast


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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