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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 ?
For one thing it amazed her to hear Thackeray called second-rate; and then she could not widen her point of view to believe that there could be great writers in existence at the present day, or if there were, that any one she knew could be a great writer, and his self-confidence astounded her, and he became more and more remote.
But one must not expect every thing; though I suppose it would be no difficult matter to widen them.
There was now an apparent disposition to relax; to widen the circle of confidences and give a more general tone to the conversation.
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.
Very softly down the glade runs a waiting, watching shade, And the whisper spreads and widens far and near; And the sweat is on thy brow, for he passes even now-- He is Fear, O Little Hunter, he is Fear!
When contacted Rajuk Chairman said he will look at the matter Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has taken up some initiatives to beautify and widen roads and by-lanes in some parts of the city, sources said.
On the other side affectees of lake have been demanding from the government to widen the spillway by planting explosives along the water banks and for last few days the affectees were also widening the spillway with tools.
Originally, officials had hoped to widen the freeway in both directions, but because of rising construction costs and state budget problems, the $46.
But Transport Secretary Alistair Darling says spending pounds 271m to widen 10 miles of the Newcastle western bypass would not ease congestion because more cars would use it.
Despite these limitations, serious students of interstate warfare will find this work a useful entry into the question of why wars widen.
3: 5 passes to 3 and replaces himself, while 3 passes to 4, basket-cuts, then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner.
Furthermore, after checking with the military affairs analyst in the office, Gerstein agrees that the Bush Administration should seek another Congressional authorization in order to widen the war to Iraq.