broaden

[ brawd-n ]
/ ˈbrɔd n /

verb (used with or without object)

to become or make broad.

Nearby words

  1. broadcast,
  2. broadcast journalism,
  3. broadcaster,
  4. broadcasting,
  5. broadcloth,
  6. broadfaced,
  7. broadhead,
  8. broadlands,
  9. broadleaf,
  10. broadline

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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British Dictionary definitions for broadening

broaden

/ (ˈbrɔːdən) /

verb

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

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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