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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
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Origin of widen

First recorded in 1600–10; wide + -en1
Related formswid·en·er, nounre·wid·en, verbun·wid·ened, adjective
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Related Words for widen

extend, stretch, broaden, enlarge, grow, increase, multiply, swell, expand, distend, ream, augment, dilate, spread, unfold, open

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British Dictionary definitions for widen


  1. to make or become wide or wider
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Derived Formswidener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widen


c.1600, from wide + -en (1). Related: Widened; widening.

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