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[brawd-kast, -kahst]
verb (used with object), broad·cast or broad·cast·ed, broad·cast·ing.
  1. to transmit (programs) from a radio or television station.
  2. to speak, perform, sponsor, or present on a radio or television program: The president will broadcast his message on all stations tonight.
  3. to cast or scatter abroad over an area, as seed in sowing.
  4. to spread widely; disseminate: She broadcast the good news all over town.
  5. to indicate unwittingly to another (one's next action); telegraph: He broadcast his punch and the other man was able to parry it.
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verb (used without object), broad·cast or broad·cast·ed, broad·cast·ing.
  1. to transmit programs or signals from a radio or television station.
  2. to make something known widely; disseminate something.
  3. to speak, perform, sponsor, or present all or part of a radio or television program: The Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts every Saturday on our local station.
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  1. something that is broadcast.
  2. a single radio or television program.
  3. the broadcasting of radio or television messages, speeches, etc.
  4. a single period of broadcasting
  5. a method of sowing by scattering seed.
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  1. (of programs) transmitted from a radio or television station.
  2. of or relating to broadcasting.
  3. cast abroad or all over an area, as seed scattered widely.
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  1. so as to reach the greatest number of people by radio or television: The vital news was sent broadcast to inform the entire nation.
  2. so as to be cast abroad over an area: seed sown broadcast.
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Origin of broadcast

1760–70; orig., broad (adv.) + cast, past participle of cast
Related formsun·broad·cast·ed, adjective
Can be confusedbroadcast narrowcast simulcast
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Related Words for broadcasted

announcement, publication, show, transmission, program, advertisement, performance, simulcast, newscast, relay, televise, communicate, send, air, beam, transmit, announce, circulate, disseminate, distribute

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British Dictionary definitions for broadcasted


verb -casts, -casting, -cast or -casted
  1. to transmit (announcements or programmes) on radio or television
  2. (intr) to take part in a radio or television programme
  3. (tr) to make widely known throughout an areato broadcast news
  4. (tr) to scatter (seed, etc) over an area, esp by hand
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    1. a transmission or programme on radio or television
    2. (as modifier)a broadcast signal
    1. the act of scattering seeds
    2. (as modifier)the broadcast method of sowing
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  1. dispersed over a wide areabroadcast seeds
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  1. far and wideseeds to be sown broadcast
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Derived Formsbroadcaster, nounbroadcasting, noun
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Word Origin and History for broadcasted


1767, adjective, in reference to the spreading of seed, from broad (adj.) + past participle of cast (v.). Figurative use is recorded from 1785. Modern media use began with radio (1922, adjective and noun). As a verb, recorded from 1813 in an agricultural sense, 1829 in a figurative sense, 1921 in reference to radio.

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