verb (used with or without object)

to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.

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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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



to make or become wide or wider
Derived Formswidener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widened



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

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