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Related to broaden: broaden your horizons


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

broad′en·er n.


to make or become broad or broader; widen


(ˈbrɔd n)

v.i., v.t.
to become or make broad or broader; widen.


Past participle: broadened
Gerund: broadening

I broaden
you broaden
he/she/it broadens
we broaden
you broaden
they broaden
I broadened
you broadened
he/she/it broadened
we broadened
you broadened
they broadened
Present Continuous
I am broadening
you are broadening
he/she/it is broadening
we are broadening
you are broadening
they are broadening
Present Perfect
I have broadened
you have broadened
he/she/it has broadened
we have broadened
you have broadened
they have broadened
Past Continuous
I was broadening
you were broadening
he/she/it was broadening
we were broadening
you were broadening
they were broadening
Past Perfect
I had broadened
you had broadened
he/she/it had broadened
we had broadened
you had broadened
they had broadened
I will broaden
you will broaden
he/she/it will broaden
we will broaden
you will broaden
they will broaden
Future Perfect
I will have broadened
you will have broadened
he/she/it will have broadened
we will have broadened
you will have broadened
they will have broadened
Future Continuous
I will be broadening
you will be broadening
he/she/it will be broadening
we will be broadening
you will be broadening
they will be broadening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been broadening
you have been broadening
he/she/it has been broadening
we have been broadening
you have been broadening
they have been broadening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been broadening
you will have been broadening
he/she/it will have been broadening
we will have been broadening
you will have been broadening
they will have been broadening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been broadening
you had been broadening
he/she/it had been broadening
we had been broadening
you had been broadening
they had been broadening
I would broaden
you would broaden
he/she/it would broaden
we would broaden
you would broaden
they would broaden
Past Conditional
I would have broadened
you would have broadened
he/she/it would have broadened
we would have broadened
you would have broadened
they would have broadened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.broaden - make broader; "broaden the road"
extend, broaden, 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"
2.broaden - 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"
3.broaden - vary in order to spread risk or to expand; "The company diversified"
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"
4.broaden - become broader; "The road broadened"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"


1. widen, spread, extend, stretch, expand, enlarge, dilate, open out or up, become wider or broader The smile broadened to a grin.


1. To make or become broad or broader:
2. To make or become more comprehensive or inclusive:
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A. VT [+ road] → ensanchar; [+ horizons, outlook] → ampliar
travel broadens the mindlos viajes son muy educativos
B. VI (also broaden out) → ensancharse


[+ appeal, scope, horizon] → élargir
to broaden the mind → ouvrir de nouveaux horizons
to broaden one's mind → élargir son esprit
vi [river] → s'élargir; [smile] → s'élargir; [spectrum] → s'élargirbroad jump n (US)saut m en longueur

broaden (out)

vt sep road etcverbreitern; (fig) person, attitudesaufgeschlossener machen; to broaden one’s mind/one’s horizons (fig)seinen Horizont erweitern
vibreiter werden, sich verbreitern; (fig, person, attitudes) → aufgeschlossener werden; (fig, horizon) → sich erweitern


1. vt (scope, outlook) → allargare
to broaden one's mind → allargare i propri orizzonti
2. vi (also broaden out) → allargarsi


(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.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes the tunnel was so narrow that the wheels of the buggy grazed the sides; then it would broaden out as wide as a street; but the floor was usually smooth, and for a long time they travelled on without any accident.
I stood here, at the very spring and source of the second great period of the world's history; and could see the trickling stream of that history gather and deepen and broaden, and roll its mighty tides down the far centuries; and I could note the upspringing of adven- turers like myself in the shelter of its long array of thrones: De Montforts, Gavestons, Mortimers, Villier- ses; the war-making, campaign-directing wantons of France, and Charles the Second's scepter-wielding drabs; but nowhere in the procession was my full- sized fellow visible.
The sun declined; my shadow broadened on die waters; and now I felt that if my cockle-shell could live a little longer, why, so could I.
You owe me some amends for an aching heart." As I said this, the path suddenly broadened into a little circular glade into which the moonlight poured in a silver flood.
After the gradual cessation of all sound and movement on the faithful river, only the ringing of ships' bells is heard, mysterious and muffled in the white vapour from London Bridge right down to the Nore, for miles and miles in a decrescendo tinkling, to where the estuary broadens out into the North Sea, and the anchored ships lie scattered thinly in the shrouded channels between the sand-banks of the Thames' mouth.
Separated since infancy from his parents, whom he had hardly known; cloistered and immured, as it were, in his books; eager above all things to study and to learn; exclusively attentive up to that time, to his intelligence which broadened in science, to his imagination, which expanded in letters,--the poor scholar had not yet had time to feel the place of his heart.
They went further down; and the splendid channel, a symbol of the great empire, broadened, and it was crowded with traffic; Philip thought of the painters and the poets who had made all these things so beautiful, and his heart was filled with gratitude.
"I'll tell you what, Wrench, this is beyond a joke," said the Mayor, who of late had had to rebuke offenders with an official air, and how broadened himself by putting his thumbs in his armholes.-- "To let fever get unawares into a house like this.
As I succeeded with my writing, my standard of living rose and my horizon broadened. I confined myself to writing and typing a thousand words a day, including Sundays and holidays; and I still studied hard, but not so hard as formerly.
Her clean-cut head with prominent, bright, spirited eyes, broadened out at the open nostrils, that showed the red blood in the cartilage within.
Afterwards, as he drew back, the smile upon his lips broadened until he showed all his teeth.
The vast stretch of water broadened away from the spot, especially toward the east, and nothing could be seen on the horizon, neither mainland nor islands.