Origin of broadcast
OTHER WORDS FROM broadcastun·broad·cast·ed, adjective
Words nearby broadcast
What does broadcast mean?
Broadcast means to transmit a television or radio program, as in The network broadcasted cartoons every Saturday morning.
In this sense a broadcast can be a single TV or radio program, as in the 6 o’clock news broadcast.
Broadcast also means to deliver a message on a transmitted program, as in The police broadcasted the press release on the evening news.
More generally, broadcast means to spread something widely, as in She broadcasted her recent wedding engagement to all of her family members.
Related to this sense, a broadcast can be news or something similar that you share widely, like your broadcast to your classmates about the A you got on the test.
Broadcast also means to mistakenly make a next move obvious, as in The boxer broadcasted his punch with a flashy windup.
Example: Coverage of the awards ceremony was the leading story on every news broadcast.
Where does broadcast come from?
The first records of broadcast come from around 1760. It combines the word broad, meaning “fully,” and the past tense of the verb cast, meaning “to fling or throw.” The word broadcast has been used to refer to widely distributing (flinging) seeds over a large area when planting.
The word broadcast is used heavily in terms of television and radio. In fact, a person who works in one or both of these industries will often refer to them collectively as broadcasting, as in I had a career in broadcasting. Usually, a broadcast will be specified according to the content that it focuses on, such as a news broadcast or a sports broadcast.
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How is broadcast used in real life?
Broadcast is a commonly used word, especially referring to television or radio programs.
Tune in for Charlie Gibson's final evening broadcast on "World News" at 6:30 p.m. ET. He will truly be missed.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 18, 2009
First time in history, a Pakistani leader's victory speech was broadcasted worldwide by international media giants. 'Change' hits Pakistan.
— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) July 26, 2018
Discovery, which will tonight broadcast messages on Sky warning of the blackout, says it is paid less for its channels now than in 2006
— Mark Sweney (@marksweney) January 25, 2017
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How to use broadcast in a sentence
All of the nominees, presenters, and performers will be scattered around the world, broadcasting from their homes.The virtual Emmys could give a much-needed jolt to the fading awards show|Adam Epstein|September 17, 2020|Quartz
The company is setting the CPMs at the agency level, so the executives declined to discuss specifics but said the CPMs are in the range of CPMs for primetime broadcast TV shows, which can hover around $80.WarnerMedia eyes spring debut for HBO Max’s ad-supported tier|Tim Peterson|September 10, 2020|Digiday
This year, most advertisers signed deals with TV networks under the usual October through August broadcast window, and the majority of the money committed is earmarked for linear TV.‘There wasn’t a huge shift’: TV upfront market did not undergo expected overhaul this year|Tim Peterson|September 9, 2020|Digiday
One is a multi-billion dollar colossus with worldwide broadcasts.This elite college is building a COVID ‘bubble’—where students are tested 3 times per week, and can’t leave campus|Lee Clifford|September 5, 2020|Fortune
As in the United States, where “Swipe Night” first launched last October, the international version of “Swipe Night” will be broadcast on the weekend.Tinder’s interactive video event ‘Swipe Night’ will launch in international markets this month|Catherine Shu|September 4, 2020|TechCrunch
In fact, Americans had to wait several hours until film of the event reached New York for it to be broadcast.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
More than 20 million people tuned in to a broadcast network drama and saw two gay men have explicit sex.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you look at the newspapers, it's all broadcast all over the place.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Schiff, the Hollywood congressman, said that the movie should be promptly released and widely broadcast.
“Hollywood has opened a new front in the war against Iran,” an evening news broadcast declared.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But if they all pick up the broadcast that this is where to get a free ride home, I'll have just another sand trap here.Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe
Disapproval has been expressed of many of the broadcast serials and suggestive love songs.
When crime serials are broadcast it should be made obvious that crime does not pay.
My uncle's radio broadcast continued all night and through the morning hours.
By agreement, the countdown was to be broadcast to all aircraft over one of the airport frequencies.
British Dictionary definitions for broadcast
- a transmission or programme on radio or television
- (as modifier)a broadcast signal
- the act of scattering seeds
- (as modifier)the broadcast method of sowing