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broaden

[brawd-n]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to become or make broad.
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Origin of broaden

First recorded in 1720–30; broad + -en1
Related formso·ver·broad·en, verbre·broad·en, verbun·broad·ened, adjective

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Related Words for broaden

develop, augment, enlarge, increase, widen, expand, ream, stretch, swell, spread, fatten, grow

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Historical Examples of broaden

  • For Eleanore had been swift to use my success to broaden both our lives.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Their ideas will broaden by and by, when they are as old as I am.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Her brogue was apt to broaden when pleasure pulled down her dignity.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • British liberty was once more "to broaden down from precedent to precedent."

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • It is Art that is going to civilize mankind; broaden his sympathies.


British Dictionary definitions for broaden

broaden

verb
  1. to make or become broad or broader; widen
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Word Origin and History for broaden

v.

1727, from broad (adj.) + -en (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of James Thomson's "Seasons" poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and past participle adjective broadening is recorded from 1850.

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