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widen

[wahyd-n] /ˈwaɪd n/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
Origin of widen
1600-1610
1600-10; wide + -en1
Related forms
widener, noun
rewiden, verb
unwidened, adjective
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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.

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  • Just before them the stream now widened into a narrow lake, which they could see was straight for some distance.

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  • The bridge has been widened since its erection, but is not otherwise much changed.

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  • Wildenai lifted her eyes,—eyes that widened first with wonder, then with fear.

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British Dictionary definitions for widened

widen

/ˈwaɪdən/
verb
1.
to make or become wide or wider
Derived Forms
widener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widened

widen

v.

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

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