wide1 widea broad street/avenue/riverbroad shouldersHe is tall, broad and muscular.a broad smile/grin(= one in which your mouth is stretched very wide because you are very pleased or amused)
Oppositenarrow (1)2 used after a measurement of distance to show how wide something istwo metres broad and one metre high
wide range3 including a great variety of people or thingsa broad range of productsa broad spectrum of interestsThere is broad support for the government's policies.She took a broad view of the duties of being a teacher (= she believed her duties included a wide range of things).a broad and balanced curriculumWe must ensure the project is of advantage to the broader community and does not just benefit a few individuals.
general4 [only before noun] general; not detailedthe broad outline of a proposalThe negotiators were in broad agreement on the main issues.She's a feminist, in the broadest sense of the word.In broad terms, the paper argues that each country should develop its own policy.Computer viruses fall into three broad categories.
land/water5 covering a wide areaa broad expanse of waterthe broad plains of the American West
accent6 if somebody has a broad accent, you can hear very easily which area they come from
Synonymstronga broad Yorkshire accent
hint7 if somebody gives a broad hint, they make it very clear what they are thinking or what they want
humour8 (North American English) dealing with sex in an amusing wayThe movie mixes broad humor with romance.
a broad church(British English) an organization that accepts a wide range of opinions
Synonymbig tentThe party aims to be a broad church with members from all sections of society.
(in) broad daylight
(in) the clear light of day, when it is easy to seeThe robbery occurred in broad daylight, in a crowded street.
more at paint something with a broad brush at paint v.Usage note: wide / broadThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns:
it's as broad as it's long(British English, informal) it makes no real difference which of two possible choices you make
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