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Definition of the verb broaden

What does broaden mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: broadened | broadening | broadens

  1. make broader
  2. extend in scope or range or area
  3. vary in order to spread risk or to expand
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of broaden: branch out / diversify
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  4. become broader
    • example: The road broadened
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount

Alternative definition of the verb broaden


  1. [transitive] To make broad or broader.
  2. [intransitive] To become broad or broader.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for broaden

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Google previewPositive Psychology Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (2016)

by Danuta Gabryś-Barker, Dagmara Gałajda

Broaden means that when we are experiencing positive emotions we tend to have a broader field of vision; we tend to take in more information and we tend to notice things that we had not noticed before. Building means that the function of ...

Google previewProceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Management Science and Engineering Management (2016)

by Jiuping Xu, Asaf Hajiyev, Stefan Nickel, Mitsuo Gen

Broaden means positive emotions can expand people's momentary thought- action repertoire: happiness and joy sparks the urge to play; interest motivates the urge to explore; contentment stimulates the urge to savour and integrate; and love ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

The Broaden and Build theory of positive emotions (Fredrickson M) suggests that in contrast to the experience of negative emotions, which narrow the range of responses available in a situation and carry immediate adaptive benefits, the ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

broaden See broaden one's horizons atHORIZON. broke go for broke informal, originally NAmer to make strenuous efforts, risking everything in the process: based on the common informal meaning 'having no ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill's Essential Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (2008)

by Richard Spears

broaden out to become ...

Google previewPolymeric Materials Encyclopedia Single, User CD-ROM Version (1996)

by Joseph C. Salamone

Broaden. a. Search. • Search for related terms and synonyms by entering the related terms on the same query line. • Use wider areas to be searched; for example, full text vs. title. Boolean Search Operators OPERATOR MEANING (,) comma or ...

Google previewFinnish-English dictionary (1916)

by Karl Vilhelm Arminen, Eetu Aaltio

widen, broaden, expand, get (1. become) roomy, - unys s. enlargement, expansion, -nuiiu tr. enlarge, widen, expand, broaden, make more ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Terrorism in the World (2011)

It will also broaden the scope of its assistance. Focus will be on strengthening institutional structures and mechanisms to enable States to implement the relevant international instruments, providing online advice on extradition and mutual legal ...

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Usage statistics about broaden

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Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds. (C. Chesterfield)
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Scrabble value of B3R1O1A1D2E1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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