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[brawd-n] /ˈbrɔd n/
verb (used with or without object)
to become or make broad.
Origin of broaden
1720-30; broad + -en1
Related forms
overbroaden, verb
rebroaden, verb
unbroadened, adjective
extend, expand, enlarge, widen; enlighten, inform, educate; sophisticate. Unabridged
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  • He, who attempts to broaden himself by accepting error, becomes the narrow man.

    Sketches of the Covenanters J. C. McFeeters
  • Then, like erl-king in the German legends, they broaden out to engulf their opponent.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • No opportunity seems to have been missed by him to develop his intellect and broaden his intellectual interests.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • Be interested in everything that will improve your mind and broaden your views.

    Cupology Clara
  • But yet that same appeal itself has tended to broaden and deepen the conception of what should be aimed at.

British Dictionary definitions for broaden


to make or become broad or broader; widen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for broaden

1727, from broad (adj.) + -en (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of James Thomson's "Seasons" poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and past participle adjective broadening is recorded from 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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