Definition of broadcast in English:

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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.
transmit, relay, air, beam, show, televise, telecast, webcast, simulcast, cablecast, screen
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


A radio or television program or transmission.
Example sentences
  • Seychellois radio and television broadcasts offer programs in Creole, English, and French.
  • This is clearly borne out in Just for Fun, a program broadcast by Cameroon Radio and Television.
  • Radio and television broadcasts usually criticize the current legal situation and show sympathy for patients who are being threatened by criminal procedures.
program, show, production, transmission, telecast, webcast, simulcast, screening


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.


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.


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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Syllabification: broad·cast

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