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Definition of widen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they widen
    he / she / it widens
    past simple widened
    -ing form widening
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become wider; to make something wider synonym broaden Her eyes widened in surprise. widen into something Here the stream widens into a river. widen something They may have to widen the road to cope with the increase in traffic.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become larger in degree or range; to make something larger in degree or range synonym broaden the widening gap between rich and poor widen something We plan to widen the scope of our existing activities by offering more language courses. The legislation will be widened to include all firearms.
  3. Word Familywide adjective adverbwidely adverbwiden verbwidth noun
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