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broad

 (brôd)
adj. broad·er, broad·est
1. Wide in extent from side to side: a broad river; broad shoulders.
2. Large in expanse; spacious: a broad lawn.
3. Having a certain width from side to side: A sidewalk three feet broad.
4. Full; open: broad daylight.
5. Covering a wide scope; general: a broad rule.
6. Liberal; tolerant: had broad views regarding social services.
7. Relating to or covering the main facts or the essential points: a plan presented in broad outline.
8. Plain and clear; obvious: gave us a broad hint to leave.
9. Vulgar; ribald: a broad joke.
10. Strikingly regional or dialectal: a broad Southern accent.
11. Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue placed low and flat and with the oral cavity wide open, like the a in father.
n.
1. A wide flat part, as of one's hand.
2. Offensive Slang A woman or girl.
adv.
Fully; completely.

[Middle English brod, from Old English brād.]

broad′ly adv.
broad′ness n.

broad

(brɔːd)
adj
1. having relatively great breadth or width
2. of vast extent; spacious: a broad plain.
3. (postpositive) from one side to the other: four miles broad.
4. of great scope or potential: that invention had broad applications.
5. not detailed; general: broad plans.
6. clear and open; full (esp in the phrase broad daylight)
7. obvious or plain: broad hints.
8. liberal; tolerant: a broad political stance.
9. widely spread; extensive: broad support.
10. outspoken or bold: a broad manner.
11. vulgar; coarse; indecent: a broad joke.
12. unrestrained; free: broad laughter.
13. (Phonetics & Phonology) (of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical area: a broad Yorkshire accent.
14. (Banking & Finance) finance denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificates: broad money. Compare narrow7
15. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. of or relating to a type of pronunciation transcription in which symbols correspond approximately to phonemes without taking account of allophonic variations
b. broad a the long vowel in English words such as father, half, as represented in the received pronunciation of Southern British English
16. as broad as it is long amounting to the same thing; without advantage either way
n
17. the broad part of something
18. slang chiefly
a. a girl or woman
b. a prostitute
19. (Physical Geography) dialect Brit a river spreading over a lowland. See also Broads
20. (Physical Geography) dialect East Anglian a shallow lake
21. (Tools) a wood-turning tool used for shaping the insides and bottoms of cylinders
adv
widely or fully: broad awake.
[Old English brād; related to Old Norse breithr, Old Frisian brēd, Old High German breit, Gothic braiths]
ˈbroadly adv
ˈbroadness n

broad

(brɔd)

adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.
1. of great breadth.
2. measured from side to side.
3. of great extent; large: a broad expanse of water.
4. widely diffused; open; full: in broad daylight.
5. not limited or narrow; of extensive range or scope: a broad range of interests; of broad appeal.
6. liberal; tolerant.
7. main or general: the broad outlines of a subject.
8. plain or clear: a broad hint.
9. indelicate; indecent.
10. unconfined; free; unrestrained.
11. (of an actor or acting style) using or marked by exaggeration.
12. (of pronunciation) strongly dialectal: a broad Scots accent.
13. broad a, the a-sound (ä), esp. when used in place of the more common a-sound (a) in such words as half and can't.
adv.
14. fully: broad awake.
n.
15. the broad part of anything.
16. Slang: Usually Offensive. a woman.
[before 1000; Middle English bro(o)d, Old English brād; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon brēd, Old High German breit, Old Norse breithr, Gothic braiths]
broad′ish, adj.
broad′ly, adv.
broad′ness, n.
usage: Definition 21 is usually perceived as insulting.

wide

broad

Something that is wide or broad measures a large distance from one side to the other. You can say that something such as a street or river is wide or broad.

They live on a wide, tree-lined street.
The streets of this town are broad.

Wide is more common in conversation than 'broad'.

The river was so wide I couldn't jump over it.

When you are talking about objects, you usually say that they are wide rather than 'broad'.

In the centre of the room was a wide bed.
The men came out through a wide doorway.

When you are talking about parts of someone's body, you usually use broad rather than 'wide'.

He was tall, with broad shoulders.
She gave me a broad smile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.broad - slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Adj.1.broad - having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
thick - not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions; "an inch thick"; "a thick board"; "a thick sandwich"; "spread a thick layer of butter"; "thick coating of dust"; "thick warm blankets"
2.broad - broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
3.broad - not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread"
general - applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"
4.broad - lacking subtletybroad - lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"
5.broad - being at a peak or culminating point; "broad daylight"; "full summer"
high - greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "a high temperature"; "a high price"; "the high point of his career"; "high risks"; "has high hopes"; "the river is high"; "he has a high opinion of himself"
6.broad - very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
7.broad - (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad southern accent"
noticeable - capable or worthy of being perceived; "noticeable shadows under her eyes"; "noticeable for its vivid historical background"; "a noticeable lack of friendliness"
8.broad - showing or characterized by broad-mindednessbroad - showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
broad-minded - inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own; "a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"

broad

adjective
1. wide, large, ample, generous, expansive His shoulders were broad and his waist narrow.
5. general, loose, vague, approximate, indefinite, ill-defined, inexact, nonspecific, unspecific, undetailed a broad outline of the Society's development
6. strong, heavy, thick, pronounced, noticeable a broad Yorkshire accent
7. clear, open, full, plain Militants shot a man dead in broad daylight today.
8. unsubtle, clear, straightforward, bold, obvious, blatant, overt, undisguised, unconcealed They've been giving broad hints about what to expect.

broad

adjective
1. Extending over a large area from side to side:
2. Large in expanse:
4. Not narrow or conservative in thought, expression, or conduct:
5. Easily seen through due to a lack of subtlety:
6. Offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunchy.
Translations
ذو عَرْض، عَرْضُهُعام، عَريضواسِعواسِعٌ، عَريضٌ
širokývšestrannýcelkovýobecný
bredgenerelti store træk
leveälyyli
širok
breiîurbreiîur, víîurí stórum dráttum
広い
폭이 넓은
paplatintiplatintiplatuspločiošonu
platsvispārējs
širok
bred
กว้าง
genişgenişliğindeayrıntılı olmayanenindeenli
rộng

broad

[brɔːd]
A. ADJ (broader (compar) (broadest (superl)))
1. (= wide) [road] → ancho, amplio; [shoulders] → ancho; [forehead] → despejado, amplio; [smile] → de oreja a oreja, abierto (liter)
it is three metres broadtiene tres metros de ancho
a broad expanse of lawnuna amplia extensión de césped
to be broad in the shoulder [person] → ser ancho de hombros or de espaldas; [garment] → ser ancho de hombros
to be broad in the beam [person] → tener un buen trasero, tener buenas posaderas
it's as broad as it's longlo mismo da
2. (= general, extensive) [outline, objectives, view] → general
in broad termsen términos generales
the broad outlines of sthlas líneas generales de algo
to be in broad agreementestar de acuerdo en líneas generales
3. (= wide-ranging) [education, syllabus] → amplio; [range, spectrum] → amplio, extenso; [mind] → abierto
a broad spectrum of opinionun amplio espectro de opiniones
a film with broad appealuna película que atrae a una amplia gama de público
it has broader implicationstiene repercusiones en más aspectos
in its broadest senseen su sentido más amplio
4. (= unsubtle) [hint] → claro
5. (= strong) [accent] → cerrado
(in) broad Scots/Yorkshire(con) un acento escocés/de Yorkshire cerrado
6. (= coarse) broad humourhumor m ordinario or basto
a broad jokeuna broma ordinaria or grosera
7. in broad daylighten plena luz del día
B. N
1. (US) → tipa f, tía f (Sp)
2. (= widest part) the broad of the backla parte más ancha de la espalda
the (Norfolk) Broads (Geog) área de estuarios en Norfolk
C. CPD broad bean N (esp Brit) → haba f gruesa
broad jump N (US) → salto m de longitud

broad

[ˈbrɔːd]
adj
(= wide) [shoulders, river] → large; [expanse] → vaste
(= extensive) [range] → large, vaste
(= general) [distinction, agreement, outline] → général(e)
the broad outlines → les grandes lignes
(= strong) [accent] → prononcé(e)
broad hint → allusion transparente
(= beaming) [smile] → grand(e)
in broad daylight → en plein jour
n (US) (= woman) → nana f

broad

adj (+er)
(= wide)breit; to grow broaderbreiter werden; (road, river also)sich verbreitern; to make broaderverbreitern; it’s as broad as it is long (fig)es ist Jacke wie Hose (inf)
(= widely applicable) theoryumfassend; (= general)allgemein
(= not detailed) distinction, idea, outlinegrob; instructionsvage; senseweit; as a very broad ruleals Faustregel; to draw or paint something in broad strokes (fig)etw in groben Zügen umreißen
(= liberal) mind, attitude, ideasgroßzügig, tolerant; a man of broad sympathiesein aufgeschlossener Geist; a broad churchein Sammelbecken ntverschiedenster Strömungen or Richtungen
wink, hintdeutlich; (= indelicate) humourderb
(= strongly marked) accentstark; (= with long vowel sounds also)breit; he speaks broad Scotser spricht breit(est)es Schottisch or starken schottischen Dialekt
n
(= widest part) the broad of the backdie Schultergegend
the (Norfolk) Broads pldie Norfolk Broads
(sl: = woman) → Tussi f (sl)

broad

:
broadband (Telec)
nBreitband nt
adjBreitband-
broad-based
adj supportbreit; governmentauf breiter Basis
broad bean
broad-brush
adj (= general)grob, allgemein

broad

:
broad gauge
nBreitspur f
broad jump
n (US Sport) → Weitsprung m
broadloom
adj carpetüberbreit

broad

:
broad-minded
broad-mindedness
nGroßzügigkeit f, → Toleranz f
broadness
broadsheet
n (Press) großformatige Zeitung ? also tabloid
broad-shouldered
adjbreitschult(e)rig
broadside (Naut)
nBreitseite f; (fig also)Attacke f; to fire a broadeine Breitseite abgeben or abfeuern; he fired a broad at the manager (fig)er attackierte den Manager scharf
adv broad onmit der Breitseite (to nach)
broadsword

broad

[brɔːd]
1. adj (street, smile) → largo/a; (mind, view) → aperto/a; (hint) → chiaro/a, esplicito/a; (accent) → marcato/a, spiccato/a; (distinction) → generale
3 metres broad → largo 3 metri
the broad outlines → le grandi linee
in broad daylight → in pieno giorno
in the broadest sense → nel senso più ampio
2. n (Am) (fam, offensive) → femmina

broad

(broːd) adjective
1. wide; great in size from side to side. a broad street.
2. from side to side. two metres broad.
3. general; not detailed. We discussed the plans in broad outline.
ˈbroaden verb
to make or become broad or broader.
ˈbroadly adverb
generally. Broadly speaking, I'd say your chances are poor.
broad daylight
full daylight. The child was attacked in broad daylight.
ˌbroad-ˈminded adjective
ready to allow others to think or act as they choose without criticizing them. a broad-minded headmaster.
broadside on
sideways. The ships collided broadside on.

broad

واسِع široký bred breit πλατύς ancho leveä large širok ampio 広い 폭이 넓은 breed bred obszerny amplo широкий bred กว้าง geniş rộng 宽阔的
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