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[wahyd-n] /ˈwaɪd n/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
Origin of widen
First recorded in 1600-10; wide + -en1
Related forms
widener, noun
rewiden, verb
unwidened, adjective Unabridged
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  • Sometimes the way so widened that she and her father could ride abreast.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The stream was a small one, but in the pool it widened out to a score of feet.

    White Fang Jack London
  • And so, reluctantly, they led him down the gauntlet of widened eyes.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • His horizon had widened, while here, little or nothing was changed.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
  • There must be more giving of ourselves if that wedge is to be widened in the disc.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for widened


to make or become wide or wider
Derived Forms
widener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widened



c.1600, from wide + -en (1). Related: Widened; widening.

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