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

Examples from the Web for broadening

Contemporary Examples of broadening

Historical Examples of broadening

  • The ever improving brain will give us an ever broadening creed.

  • So they miss the chance of broadening and developing their own lives.

    The Untroubled Mind

    Herbert J. Hall

  • The stream slackened and spread out, broadening into the head of a pond.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke

  • There must be broadening of thought as well as broadening of trade.

  • The strategy of complementing helps in broadening the interpretation.

British Dictionary definitions for broadening



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



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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