Definition of widen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪd(ə)n/


Make or become wider: [with object]: we should widen the scope of our investigation [no object]: his grin widened the lane widened out into a small clearing
More example sentences
  • Asked about the move, his slow smile widens into a broad grin that crinkles the sun-wizened features of his face.
  • Further south, and the Shannon takes on a different character as the river widens, and it flows through Lough Derg, its largest lake.
  • There is barely room for two vehicles to pass at the moment and there is little scope for widening the pavement at that point.
broaden, make/become wider, open up, open out, spread, expand, extend, enlarge, stretch;
fatten, distend, dilate
increase, augment, add to, develop, boost, swell, supplement, amplify, enlarge, make larger/bigger/greater



Example sentences
  • London proceeded to lead the wideners to ultimate victory over the deepeners.
  • The British were always wideners, viscerally opposed to all moves toward political union.
  • The line of wideners cover a wide range of applications from lane construction to shoulder maintenance and back fill.

Words that rhyme with widen

Dryden, guidon, Leiden, Poseidon, Sidon

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