Broaden Broad"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Broadened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Broadening}.] [From {Broad}, a.] To grow broad; to become broader or wider. [1913 Webster]

The broadening sun appears. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

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  • broaden — UK US /ˈbrɔːdən/ verb [T] ► to increase the range of something: »New rules should help credit unions expand their activities and broaden access to cheaper borrowing. »We plan to broaden our range of products and services …   Financial and business terms

  • Broaden — Broad en, v. t. To make broad or broader; to render more broad or comprehensive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broaden — index accrue (increase), accumulate (enlarge), deploy, develop, enlarge, expand, extend ( …   Law dictionary

  • broaden — 1727, from BROAD (Cf. broad) (adj.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of Thomson s season poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and pp. adj. broadening is recorded from 1850 …   Etymology dictionary

  • broaden — [v] extend, supplement augment, breadthen, develop, enlarge, expand, fatten, grow, increase, open up, ream, spread, stretch, swell, widen; concept 239 Ant. decrease, narrow, restrict …   New thesaurus

  • broaden — ► VERB ▪ make or become broader …   English terms dictionary

  • broaden — [brôd′ n] vt., vi. to widen; expand …   English World dictionary

  • broaden */ — UK [ˈbrɔːd(ə)n] / US [ˈbrɔd(ə)n] verb Word forms broaden : present tense I/you/we/they broaden he/she/it broadens present participle broadening past tense broadened past participle broadened 1) a) broaden or broaden out [intransitive] to become… …   English dictionary

  • broaden — broad|en [ brɔdn ] verb * 1. ) transitive to make something include more things or people: The scope of the book has been broadened to include the history of Eastern Europe. a ) intransitive to start including more things or people: The protest… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broaden — broad|en [ˈbro:dn US ˈbro:dn] v 1.) [T] to increase something such as your knowledge, experience, or range of activities ▪ The course helps school leavers broaden their knowledge of the world of work. ▪ I d like to work abroad to broaden my… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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