verb (used with or without object)

to become or make broad.

Origin of broaden

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

Synonyms for broaden Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for broadened

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

Examples from the Web for broadened

Contemporary Examples of broadened

Historical Examples of broadened

  • If our whole horizon of truth were not broadened, we could not possess this command.

  • Then suddenly that face cracked, broadened, spread to a grin.

  • The Captain's smile lost a little of its bitterness and broadened.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The smile on the face of Jabez broadened perceptibly, and he began to chuckle.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I had broadened my palms to the cinch and the axe—I had laid my breast to the rain.

British Dictionary definitions for broadened



to make or become broad or broader; widen
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Word Origin and History for broadened



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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