Definition of broadcast in English:


Syllabification: broad·cast
Pronunciation: /ˈbrôdˌkast

verb (past and past participle broadcast)

[with object]
  • 1Transmit (a program or some information) by radio or television: the announcement was broadcast live (as noun broadcasting) the 1920s saw the dawn of broadcasting
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    • The funeral ceremony was broadcast live on all television channels, which replaced scheduled programs with recitations from the Koran.
    • The match was broadcast live on national television and radio.
    • The event was broadcast live on government-run television and radio stations.
  • 1.1 [no object] Take part in a radio or television transmission: the station broadcasts 24 hours a day
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    • Kpig was the first commercial radio station to broadcast on the Web, and it has blazed trails ever since.
    • This new deal will enable the station to broadcast on five frequencies a total of 25 hours a week of BBC programming.
    • That's what KPIG has been doing since it became the first commercial radio station ever to broadcast on the Web.
  • 1.2Tell (something) to many people; make widely known: we don’t want to broadcast our unhappiness to the world
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    • Sometimes we don't even have to open our mouths to broadcast our outsider status and offend the locals.
    • Again, this is probably not the place to broadcast my feelings publicly, much rather say it to you on the phone, through a text or in person.
    • The correspondence was regularly posted on a web site, broadcasting the ineptitude of this spammer to the world.
    report, announce, publicize, proclaim; spread, disseminate, scatter, circulate, air, blazon, trumpet
  • 2Scatter (seeds) by hand or machine rather than placing in drills or rows.
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    • Seed is broadcast or drilled on the pastures in late winter or early spring.
    • Another satisfactory method is to broadcast the seed followed by a shallow disking or harrowing and cultipacking.
    • On a commercial scale, some crops may require a seed-planting drill, but you can broadcast most seed and then incorporate it with a disc pulled by a tractor.


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  • Of or relating to radio or television transmission: a broadcast journalist
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    • Dutch taxpayers funded Muslim religious schools and mosques, and public television broadcast programs in Moroccan Arabic.
    • One more component: the journalism and communications program funneling journalists into broadcast media.
    • It will also look at the various roles in radio from broadcast law to programming and will even include studio visits for hands-on training.


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  • By scattering: green manure can be sown broadcast or in rows
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    • However, the grain is generally sown broadcast, the soil here being poorer, and the cost of labour high.
    • The seed is sown broadcast and then harrowed in.
    • When the season suits, October is the principal time of putting in the winter wheat, which is usually pickled, and sown broadcast.



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  • Journalist and broadcaster Alistair Cooke narrates a personal history of his adopted home.
  • Barry went freelance at the end of 2004 and continues to work for the BBC and other broadcasters.
  • Twenty awards in total were handed out to journalists and broadcasters.


mid 18th century (in the sense 'sown by scattering'): from broad + the past participle of cast1. Senses relating to radio and television date from the early 20th century.

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