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tr. & intr.v. broad·ened, broad·en·ing, broad·ens
To make or become broad or broader.

broad′en·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.broadening - the act of making something wider
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
2.broadening - the action of making broader; "the broadening of travel"
development - act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"
3.broadening - an increase in width
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
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A broadening gap of green water appeared under me, and I pushed back with all my strength to avoid falling headlong.
Nay, nay," said Adam, broadening his chest and throwing himself back in his chair, as if he were ready to meet all inferences, "nobody has ever heard me say Mr.
Fading, with the Night, the memory of a dead love, and the withered leaves of a blighted hope, and the sickly repinings and moody regrets thatnumb the best energies of the soul: and rising, broadening, rolling upward like a living flood, the manly resolve, and the dauntless will, and the heavenward gaze of faith--the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!
Then the long fight began, heaving and straining and splitting and scattering and narrowing and broadening along the red, wet sands, and over and between the tangled tree-roots, and through and among the bushes, and in and out of the grass clumps; for even now the dholes were two to one.
These dead hues were relieved only by one spot of gold--the spark of the candle alight in the window of the lonely tower, and burning on into the broadening daylight.
Then the grey sky-line brightened into silver, and in the broadening light he realized that he had been to the house which belonged to an Anglo-Indian Major named Putnam; and that the Major had a native cook from Malta who was of his communion.
The wide acreage of blank agricultural brownness, apparent where the swedes had been pulled, was beginning to be striped in wales of darker brown, gradually broadening to ribands.
The west was a broadening blaze of yellow and purple and red.
They had been travelling on the Continent for some weeks, chiefly with a view to broadening Mr.
He stopped and faced about, seeking the source of the rapidly broadening light.
The broadening and whitening dawn had already turned to working daylight before they saw any living creature on the wharves and bridges of that silent town.
said Chunk, broadening his grin; "well, it was this way.