Definition of broaden in English:


Line breaks: broad¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɔːd(ə)n


[no object]
1Become larger in distance from side to side; widen: her smile broadened the river slowed and broadened out slightly
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  • Lynn winks naughtily at him, and Clark's smile broadens.
  • At the thought of his son, he quickly remembered the little girl who had come with him, and the smile on his face broadened.
  • His eyes flipped around towards where I was hiding, and his pleasant smile broadened.
widen, become/make broader, become/make wider, expand, fill out, stretch (out), draw out, spread out, deepen, thicken
1.1Expand to encompass more people or things: her interests broadened as she grew up [with object]: he has to broaden Labour’s appeal to the whole community
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  • Mr Walsh praised the industry's efforts in broadening and expanding its market reach at EU retail level.
  • This volume sets out to correct the imbalance, though, inevitably, the theme broadens out to a variety of aspects of motherhood.
  • This discussion of technical aspects of narrative broadens out in this essay into a criticism of the capitalist system and its effects.


broaden one's horizons

Expand one’s range of interests, activities, and knowledge: they want to broaden their horizons with a change of scenery and culture
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  • ‘I joined the railway because I thought it would be interesting and broaden my horizons,’ said Mrs Cope, who lives in Oxenhope.
  • So yeah, if I broaden my horizons and meet interesting and amusing people, then so much the better.
  • She has never let her disability prevent her from broadening her horizons, taking part in trips and activities away from the school, sometimes with fully-sighted teenagers.

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