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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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  • It has broadened their feeling of Christian fellowship with the great army of fellow Endeavorers.

  • But it broadened; there are Principals, here and there, who can appreciate a William.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • His private reading also contained much that must have stimulated his imagination and broadened his interests.

    Robert Burns William Allan Neilson
  • His mind and viewpoint have been enlarged and broadened by his life in the Army.

    Through St. Dunstan's to Light James H. Rawlinson
  • Then came a gleam of light, and the light appears to have broadened.

    Embarrassments Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for broadened


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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