Definition of broaden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrôdn/


[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, expand, stretch (out), draw out, spread;
1.1Expand to encompass more people, ideas, or things: her interests broadened as she grew up [with object]: efforts to broaden classical music’s appeal
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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.
increase, augment, add to, amplify;
develop, enrich, improve, build on


broaden one's horizons

Expand one’s range of interests, activities, and knowledge.
Example sentences
  • ‘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.

Words that rhyme with broaden

Auden, cordon, Gordon, Hordern, Jordan, warden

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Syllabification: broad·en

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