- 1[intransitive] to become wider synonym widen Her smile broadened.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to affect or make something affect more people or things synonym widen broaden (something) a promise to broaden access to higher education The candidate needs to broaden her appeal to voters. broaden something out Let's broaden out the political discussion.
- 3[transitive] broaden something to increase your experience, knowledge, etc. Few would disagree that travel broadens the mind (= helps you to understand other people's customs, etc.). Spending a year working in the city helped to broaden his horizons. Word Familybroad adjectivebroadly adverbbroaden verbbreadth noun
NAmE//ˈbrɔdn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they broaden
he / she / it broadens
past simple broadened
-ing form broadening