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Definition of broaden verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they broaden
    he / she / it broadens
    past simple broadened
    -ing form broadening
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  1. 1[intransitive] to become wider synonym widen Her smile broadened.
  2. 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. 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
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