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[brawd-n] /ˈbrɔd n/
verb (used with or without object)
to become or make broad.
Origin of broaden
First recorded in 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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  • If our whole horizon of truth were not broadened, we could not possess this command.

  • Then suddenly that face cracked, broadened, spread to a grin.

  • The Captain's smile lost a little of its bitterness and broadened.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The smile on the face of Jabez broadened perceptibly, and he began to chuckle.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • I had broadened my palms to the cinch and the axe—I had laid my breast to the rain.

British Dictionary definitions for broadened


to make or become broad or broader; widen
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Word Origin and History for broadened



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.

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