• synonyms


See more synonyms for widen on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
Show More

Origin of widen

First recorded in 1600–10; wide + -en1
Related formswid·en·er, nounre·wid·en, verbun·wid·ened, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for widened

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

Examples from the Web for widened

Contemporary Examples of widened

Historical Examples of widened

  • Sometimes the way so widened that she and her father could ride abreast.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The stream was a small one, but in the pool it widened out to a score of feet.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • And so, reluctantly, they led him down the gauntlet of widened eyes.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His horizon had widened, while here, little or nothing was changed.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange

    Andreas Wilhelm Cramer

  • There must be more giving of ourselves if that wedge is to be widened in the disc.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for widened


  1. to make or become wide or wider
Show More
Derived Formswidener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for widened



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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper