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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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  • In sections its front end appears as a ridge on one side or on the middle of the floor of the widened end of the medullary groove.

  • Yet the crack has widened, Bob, since the Tube was completed.

    The Undersea Tube L. Taylor Hansen
  • Just before them the stream now widened into a narrow lake, which they could see was straight for some distance.

    A Journey in Other Worlds John Jacob Astor
  • The bridge has been widened since its erection, but is not otherwise much changed.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Wildenai lifted her eyes,—eyes that widened first with wonder, then with fear.

    Their Mariposa Legend Charlotte Herr
British Dictionary definitions for widened


to make or become wide or wider
Derived Forms
widener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for widened



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

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