Definition of broaden verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    broaden

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they broaden
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdn//
     
    he / she / it broadens
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdnz//
     
    past simple broadened
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdnd//
     
    past participle broadened
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdnd//
     
    -ing form broadening
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɔːdnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɔːdnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to become wider Her smile broadened.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] broaden (something) to affect or make something affect more people or things a promise to broaden access to higher education The party needs to broaden its appeal to voters.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Familybroad adjectivebroadly adverbbroaden verbbreadth noun Phrasal Verbsbroaden out
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