Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become broad or broader.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make broad or broader.
  • v. To become broad or broader.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To grow broad; to become broader or wider.
  • transitive v. To make broad or broader; to render more broad or comprehensive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow broad or broader.
  • To make broad; increase in breadth; render more broad or comprehensive: as, “broaden'd nostrils,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. extend in scope or range or area
  • v. become broader
  • v. make broader
  • v. vary in order to spread risk or to expand

Etymologies

broad +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NanoKnife remains the life blood for AngioDynamics and it is seeking to expand the label to broaden its commercial opportunity.

  • Its size, style and expression broaden the appeal of the car, making it more appropriate for a wider range of circumstances.

    Luxist

  • A former seminarian, pro-life Catholic, and self-described "Lincoln Republican," Steele was installed by an overwhelmingly white party leadership in early 2009 to "broaden" the GOP base - ideologically, not racially.

    Richard M. Benjamin: GOP Strategy to Re-Take Congress: "A Heaping Plate of Soul"

  • The market is set to "broaden" even more when we, the Atari babies who were raised by Nintendo, start getting on in years.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Obama - which is due to report later this month in anticipation of the upcoming NATO summit in April - former CIA officer Bruce Riedel, national security adviser James Jones, and U.S. envoy to AF/Pak Richard Holbrooke are working to 'broaden' the administration's approach beyond the military aspects of the occupation.

    Emerging Outlines of Obama's Afghanistan Plan

  • Surround yourself with political advisors who have real life experience and who get that the GOP has to "broaden" its base, not shrink it to be successful in 2010 and 2012.

    Sophia A. Nelson: Woman to Woman: Advice to Gov. Sarah Palin on Running for the Presidency in 2012

  • As you know, what we wanted to do today in our 4 o'clock hour is kind of broaden up the discussion about responsibilities, legal responsibilities, even psychology, and here is how you can send us your questions and comments about this.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2009

  • So, I guess why what has happened to kind of broaden that scope of issues now?

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2008

  • HANSEN: A lot of rock 'n roll musicians, as they mature and they progress in their careers and in their musicality, often will move to another genre, sometimes classical and jazz, as a way to kind of broaden their musicality.

    Two Helpings of Tom Verlaine

  • GOODWIN: I think one of the things that is clear, though, in recent days and weeks is that the attempt to get the Iraqi government to kind of broaden its own coalition, to do more politically to try to stop some of the violence is the sign that the Americans would be in there not to achieve military victory, but buy more time for the Iraqi government.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2006

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