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wid·en

 (wīd′n)
tr. & intr.v. wid·ened, wid·en·ing, wid·ens
To make or become wide or wider.

wid′en·er n.

widen

(ˈwaɪdən)
vb
to make or become wide or wider
ˈwidener n

wid•en

(ˈwaɪd n)

v.t., v.i.
to make or become wide or wider; broaden.
[1600–10]
wid′en•er, n.

widen


Past participle: widened
Gerund: widening

Imperative
widen
widen
Present
I widen
you widen
he/she/it widens
we widen
you widen
they widen
Preterite
I widened
you widened
he/she/it widened
we widened
you widened
they widened
Present Continuous
I am widening
you are widening
he/she/it is widening
we are widening
you are widening
they are widening
Present Perfect
I have widened
you have widened
he/she/it has widened
we have widened
you have widened
they have widened
Past Continuous
I was widening
you were widening
he/she/it was widening
we were widening
you were widening
they were widening
Past Perfect
I had widened
you had widened
he/she/it had widened
we had widened
you had widened
they had widened
Future
I will widen
you will widen
he/she/it will widen
we will widen
you will widen
they will widen
Future Perfect
I will have widened
you will have widened
he/she/it will have widened
we will have widened
you will have widened
they will have widened
Future Continuous
I will be widening
you will be widening
he/she/it will be widening
we will be widening
you will be widening
they will be widening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been widening
you have been widening
he/she/it has been widening
we have been widening
you have been widening
they have been widening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been widening
you will have been widening
he/she/it will have been widening
we will have been widening
you will have been widening
they will have been widening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been widening
you had been widening
he/she/it had been widening
we had been widening
you had been widening
they had been widening
Conditional
I would widen
you would widen
he/she/it would widen
we would widen
you would widen
they would widen
Past Conditional
I would have widened
you would have widened
he/she/it would have widened
we would have widened
you would have widened
they would have widened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.widen - become broader or wider or more extensive; "The road widened"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
flare out, flare - become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out"
dilate, distend - become wider; "His pupils were dilated"
narrow, contract - make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
2.widen - make (clothes) larger; "Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight"
vary, alter, change - become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
3.widen - make wider; "widen the road"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
white out - widen the interlinear spacing by inserting leads
4.widen - extend in scope or range or area; "The law was extended to all citizens"; "widen the range of applications"; "broaden your horizon"; "Extend your backyard"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
broaden - make broader; "broaden the road"
territorialise, territorialize - extend by adding territory
globalise, globalize - make world-wide in scope or application; "Markets are being increasingly globalized"
expand, extend - expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
stretch - extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"

widen

verb
1. broaden, expand, enlarge, dilate, spread, extend, stretch, open wide, open out or up He had an operation to widen an artery in his heart.
broaden reduce, narrow, shrink, diminish, tighten, compress, constrict
2. get wider, spread, extend, expand, broaden, open wide, open out or up The river widens considerably as it begins to turn east.
get wider contract, narrow, shrink, diminish, tighten

widen

verb
1. To make or become broad or broader:
2. To make or become more comprehensive or inclusive:
Translations
يُوَسِّع
rozšířit
blive brederegøre bredere
laajentaalaajentualeventää
élargirs’élargir
kiszélesítszélesít
víkka
razširiti
genişle mek

widen

[ˈwaɪdn]
A. VT
1. (lit) [+ road, river, sleeve] → ensanchar
2. (fig) [+ knowledge, circle of friends] → extender, ampliar
B. VI
1. (lit) (also widen out) → ensancharse
the passage widens out into a caveel pasillo se ensancha para formar una caverna
2. (fig) the gap between rich and poor has widenedha aumentado la diferencia entre ricos y pobres
the widening gap between the rich and the poorel creciente abismo entre los ricos y los pobres

widen

[ˈwaɪdən]
vt
[+ road, pavement, river] → élargir
They're widening the road to make another lane → Ils élargissent la route pour faire une autre voie.
[+ experience, knowledge] → accroître
They could widen their experience by going on a course → Ils pouvaient accroître leur expérience en suivant un stage.
[+ gap] → élargir; [+ difference] → accroître
These policies will widen the gap between the rich and the poor → Ces politiques élargiront le fossé entre riches et pauvres.
vi
[river, road] → s'élargir
[gap] → s'élargir; [difference] → s'accroître

widen

vt roadverbreitern; passage, scopeerweitern; circle of friendsvergrößern; appealerhöhen; knowledge etcerweitern
vibreiter werden; (interests etc)sich ausweiten

widen

[ˈwaɪdn]
1. vt (also) (fig) → ampliare, allargare
2. vi (also widen out) → ampliarsi

wide

(waid) adjective
1. great in extent, especially from side to side. wide streets; Her eyes were wide with surprise.
2. being a certain distance from one side to the other. This material is three metres wide; How wide is it?
3. great or large. He won by a wide margin.
4. covering a large and varied range of subjects etc. a wide experience of teaching.
adverb
with a great distance from top to bottom or side to side. He opened his eyes wide.
ˈwidely adverb
ˈwiden verb
to make, or become, wide or wider. They have widened the road; The lane widens here.
ˈwideness noun
width (widθ) noun
1. size from side to side. What is the width of this material?; This fabric comes in three different widths.
2. the state of being wide.
ˌwide-ˈranging adjective
(of interests etc) covering a large number of subjects etc.
ˈwidespread adjective
spread over a large area or among many people. widespread hunger and disease.
give a wide berth (to)
to keep well away from. I give people with colds a wide berth / give a wide berth to people with colds.
wide apart
a great (or greater than average) distance away from one another. He held his hands wide apart.
wide awake
fully awake.
wide open
fully open. The door was wide open; Her eyes are wide open but she seems to be asleep.

widen

v. ensanchar, extender.

widen

vt ensanchar, hacer más ancho
References in classic literature ?
There was now an apparent disposition to relax; to widen the circle of confidences and give a more general tone to the conversation.
But now there was a member of the family who was permitted to travel and widen her horizon; and so each week there would be new personalities to talk about,--how so-and-so was dressed, and where she worked, and what she got, and whom she was in love with; and how this man had jilted his girl, and how she had quarreled with the other girl, and what had passed between them; and how another man beat his wife, and spent all her earnings upon drink, and pawned her very clothes.
Straightway her eyes begun to widen with astonishment and admiration, and she clapped her hands and cried out, "Why, it do beat all
But one must not expect every thing; though I suppose it would be no difficult matter to widen them.
As I was getting on the stool opposite, to talk to him more conveniently, I observed that he had not such a thing as a smile about him, and that he could only widen his mouth and make two hard creases down his cheeks, one on each side, to stand for one.
Shortly afterwards, his mouth began to widen again.
In the same way, it is clearly the social duty of the telephone company to widen out its system until every point is covered, and then to distribute its gross charges as fairly as it can.
In Communist society, accumulated labour is but a means to widen, to enrich, to promote the existence of the labourer.
Come, try, give any one of us, for instance, a little more independence, untie our hands, widen the spheres of our activity, relax the control and we.
If I had wished to widen the breach between those whom Monsieur d'Herblay chooses to receive with a rope ladder and those whom he receives with a wooden ladder, I could have spoken out.
During his walk of a few yards he had had time and calmness enough to widen his view of consequences, and he saw that to get Jacob taken to the workhouse or to the lock-up house as an offensive stranger might have awkward effects if his family took the trouble of inquiring after him.
As we proceeded, the narrow path became still more contracted, rendering it difficult for us to maintain our footing, until suddenly, as we reached an angle of the wall of rock where we had expected it to widen, we perceived to our consternation that a yard or two further on it abruptly terminated at a place we could not possibly hope to pass.