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American English: /brɔd/
British English: /brɔːd/

Translation of broad in Spanish:


  • 1 (in dimension)
    de oreja a oreja
    he had broad shoulders
    era ancho de hombros or de espaldas
    she has broad hips
    es ancha de caderas
    it's as broad as it's long (British) [colloquial]
    da lo mismo
    tanto monta (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • One was a tremendously tall man, with broad shoulders and huge muscles.
    • At last we left the main highway and turned into a still narrower road, barely one lane wide, with broad dirt shoulders.
    • The men all had identical bodies - huge shaved pecs, broad shoulders, tans and tan lines, white smiles, slightly bulging eyes and bland faces.
    Example sentences
    • The castle itself was measured as being 56 feet high, 56 feet broad, and 38 feet in width, and the thickness of the walls was said to be 8 feet.
    • Lough Ennell or Belvidere Lake, southwest of Mullingar, is 5 miles long and 2 miles broad.
    • The island Britain is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad.
  • 2 2.1 (extensive)
    a broad range of courses
    una amplia gama de cursos
    this has broad implications
    esto tiene consecuencias en muy diversos planos
    in its broadest sense
    en su sentido más amplio
    Example sentences
    • It was obvious how diverse all of your interests were, and so I've tried to offer a broad scope of subjects without making one seem more important than the other.
    • We know, and I am sure you know, Mr Chairman, how broad the scope and subject of the Resource Management Act is.
    • Passionate about space, they proposed a university dedicated to a broad range of space-related subjects for graduate students from all parts of the world.
    2.2 (general)
    in broad terms
    en líneas generales
    Example sentences
    • The mediums much prefer generalities, broad statements, and vague hints, all of which can be ‘interpreted’ generously.
    • It's a broad, sweeping generalization about a communication medium and an art form that has just as many good and bad things going for it as anything else.
    • This is, of course, in addition to his unfortunate tendency to make ridiculously broad generalizations and radically oversimplify complex social and moral issues.
  • 3 (tolerant, liberal)
    broad views
    criterios (masculine plural) amplios
    a broad mind
    una mente abierta
    una actitud tolerante
    Example sentences
    • Bush reached out for the broad support of Americans on Wednesday, even those who voted against him.
    • Support was broad and bipartisan; contrary to what is often assumed today, a higher proportion of Republicans than of Democrats supported the bill.
    • But Boyko disagreed, saying that anybody who thinks there is broad support for such a proposal is ‘delusional.’
  • 4 4.1 (clear, obvious) a broad hint
    una indirecta muy clara
    una indirecta muy directa [humorous]
    Example sentences
    • Deleeuw suggests that Shakespeare seems to be making rather broad hints about the contradictory nature of the play in these initial scenes.
    • But Philip Ashdown, the school's chairman of governors dropped a broad hint that Mrs White would be reinstated as head of the school.
    • I think the notion of a retrial is a broad hint to him to leave Egypt and go abroad, but so far he has been too stubborn and principled to take such hints.
    Example sentences
    • A central strength in the production is that the local broad regional accent has been used to fine effect throughout, thus giving it an earthy and authentic ‘feel’.
    • He has the pale, pasty set of the sedentary, a fleshy padding of indulgence and a deep, broad accent with an odd similarity to that of Charles Kennedy.
    • You can see this sense of place in the parts she has played, a largely working-class roster of roles that allows her to keep her broad accent, an accent she says she never wants to lose.
    4.2 (strong, marked)
    4.3 (slightly indecent)
    Example sentences
    • The humour is broad and robust, but underneath the comedy is delicately balanced with pathos.
    • Northern Broadsides are experts at celebrating the broad humour present in all Shakespeare's plays, with some outstanding performances and impeccable comic timing.
    • Some of the humour may be too broad for more sophisticated audiences, but overall this is a charming way to spend a couple of hours.
  • 5 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • It is the kind used in pronouncing dictionaries, and is referred to informally as broad transcription.
    • The goal of a broad transcription is to record the phonemes that a speaker uses rather than the actual spoken variants of those phonemes that are produced.
    • A broad transcription would also need to note the difference, because the two words mean different things.


  • 2 (British) (Geography) the (Norfolk) Broads
    (zona de deltas y estuarios en Norfolk)
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