Definition of broaden in English:



  • 1 Become larger in distance from side to side; widen.

    ‘her smile broadened’
    ‘the river slowed and broadened out slightly’
    • ‘Val forgot all worries in an instant and broadened her smile.’
    • ‘For each value of x o, a different constant term was added to the logarithm to broaden the distances between curves.’
    • ‘My Friend Frieda and I battled for second place for a wile, until we both allowed the distance between us and Miss Fudge to broaden.’
    • ‘Beyond this top the ridge broadens out before dropping to Meall nan Dearcag which took me back to the Kilfinnan Burn.’
    • ‘And from the Po itself, and its tributary the Mincio, which broadens into the three lakes that wrap themselves slothfully around the old town, comes fog - huge banks of it that make life cold and unfocussed between autumn and spring.’
    • ‘At the thought of his son, he quickly remembered the little girl who had come with him, and the smile on his face broadened.’
    • ‘SE of Lang San the fault zone broadens out to form a strike-slip duplex geometry.’
    • ‘Banedon's smile broadened, for he knew very well that Eleanor was just acting spoilt.’
    • ‘From here the ridge broadens out in a wide sweep all the way to the huge cairn on Carn Eighe.’
    • ‘The two angelic entities, who had been called Tarahito and Suzikara at one point, broadened their smiles.’
    • ‘For about three quarters of a mile before it runs into Smynge so, the river Guden broadens out and is up to a hundred yards wide.’
    • ‘Lynn winks naughtily at him, and Clark's smile broadens.’
    • ‘His eyes flipped around towards where I was hiding, and his pleasant smile broadened.’
    • ‘As the concentration increases, the spectrum broadens, and the band on the short wavelength side of the Q band, peaking at ~ 625 nm, increases in intensity.’
    • ‘Her smile broadened until it was as wide as a banana, and Lauren scowled at her.’
    • ‘Hopping out of the car she took a long look around and her smile broadened.’
    • ‘Only now that chest had broadened and seemed so distant despite the fact that it was within touching distance.’
    • ‘A sharp beak on the islands soggy western side broadens the lump of land to forty miles.’
    • ‘From the eastern hills it broadens out over wide alluvial plains between Jabalpur and Harda, where the villages are quite highly stratified and occupied by farming communities and fishermen.’
    • ‘Its head looks like a dandelion clock, from which flows a long tail which broadens and splits about a degree or so along its length.’
    widen, become broader, make broader, become wider, make wider, expand, fill out, draw out, spread out, deepen, thicken
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    1. 1.1Expand to encompass more people or things.
      ‘her interests broadened as she grew up’
      [with object] ‘he has to broaden Labour's appeal to the whole community’
      • ‘As Deborah Coddington rightly pointed out, that broadens out the definition to provide protection where it is needed.’
      • ‘This can be broadened out from Crowley, if you like, to take in other authors.’
      • ‘This discussion of technical aspects of narrative broadens out in this essay into a criticism of the capitalist system and its effects.’
      • ‘But when the plot broadens in the second act - with the pair joining forces to take revenge on Ata's aforementioned, good-for-nothing husband - the action becomes farcical and unconvincing.’
      • ‘With this in mind the Westport branch of Sinn Fein has called for the proposed workshop to be broadened out.’
      • ‘Here, players must deal with the lines the boat directs them along, though the ability to briefly let go of the rope to access distant areas broadens the possibilities a little.’
      • ‘Research interests are broadening in scope to ask questions such as: What are the causes of different rates of ageing of mental abilities?’
      • ‘At the same time, it broadened out into the full range of modish telecoms services, including internet and data traffic.’
      • ‘I think the definition has broadened out considerably, and that is a good thing.’
      • ‘This volume sets out to correct the imbalance, though, inevitably, the theme broadens out to a variety of aspects of motherhood.’
      • ‘‘Right Livelihood’ means avoiding trade in arms, prostitution, animal slaughter and it also broadens out into how one shares one's life with others.’
      • ‘On the other hand, those wanting to keep the term say that the field is broadening and needs to encompass a greater range of areas.’
      • ‘That is where the definition can be expanded and broadened.’
      • ‘This discussion broadened out to cover many aspects of travel photography and rounded off a most enjoyable evening at the Camera Club.’
      • ‘What began as an attempt to pacify the peasantry soon broadened out into an attack on privileges in general.’
      • ‘In ‘The Queen's Court ’, the exhibition broadens out into a more thematic display.’
      • ‘The article broadens out from these beginnings into a savage attack on both political apathy and nakedly self-interested politicians.’
      • ‘And afflicted people will tacitly struggle against such connotations until the spectrum of acceptance broadens and mental impediments are no longer considered disabilities, but respected facts of life.’
      • ‘Mr Walsh praised the industry's efforts in broadening and expanding its market reach at EU retail level.’
      expand, enlarge, extend, widen, swell
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  • broaden one's horizons

    • Expand one's range of interests, activities, and knowledge.

      ‘they want to broaden their horizons with a change of scenery and culture’
      • ‘She has never let her disability prevent her from broadening her horizons, taking part in trips and activities away from the school, sometimes with fully-sighted teenagers.’
      • ‘So yeah, if I broaden my horizons and meet interesting and amusing people, then so much the better.’
      • ‘‘I joined the railway because I thought it would be interesting and broaden my horizons,’ said Mrs Cope, who lives in Oxenhope.’
      • ‘His father, however, disliked Alfred's interest in poetry and in order to broaden his horizons, sent him abroad for further training in chemical engineering.’
      • ‘We are trying to broaden their horizons and give them valuable life skills or interests.’