- 1Become larger in distance from side to side; widen: her smile broadened the river slowed and broadened out slightlyMore example sentences
widen, expand, stretch (out), draw out, spread; deepen
- 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.
- 1.1Expand to encompass more people, ideas, or things: her interests broadened as she grew up [with object]: efforts to broaden classical music’s appealMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.