verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become
; broaden; expand.
to make or become wide or wider
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The studies widen our view of these birds, which evade enemies with apparent cunning.
Rather than continuing to widen, as it would if its motion was being driven by suction, the new ocean started to shrink.
The meandering path continues to widen the valley floor as falling sediment forever alters the course and builds up a river plain.
One sensor will measure stress that could widen the crack.
Excited or nervous, his eyes widen and he curses more, a habit he's trying to curb.
On our next day of rafting the canyon began to widen.
They told me it will widen around my toes but around the hurting place.
The eyes widen, the arms wave, and she starts to tell me about it.
Service abroad did much to widen him and he often speaks of his obligation to it.
His big body becomes lank and useless, the distance between his eyes seems to widen.
His ignorance seemed to widen with everything he read.
As buildings grew higher, it became necessary to widen streets to accommodate the increase of population in those tall buildings.
As part of the project to widen the freeway they shut down all of the on-off ramps in town.
While distance from the star is achieved the streams widen out, thus covering a larger area with their advancing face segment.
Computers threaten to widen the gap between the rich and poor.
Efficient online sales would widen the retail bottlenecks that arguably worked to the scalpers' advantage.
In a sense, this action will widen income inequality.
But small wars always have the potential to widen into big wars.
If interest rates go up too sharply, our interest rate expense will widen the gap between revenue and spending.
They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.
Unless the program finds a way to widen its net, it won't have many more borrowers left who can qualify to participate.
That's not to say it's good for the wealth gap to widen to infinity.
If the future holds smaller wars with less meaning for the rest of us, this will widen the gap between the military and society.
Targeted outreach to talented bloggers, improv performers, and stand-ups would help widen the field of applicants.
At the same time, he takes a broad view of the subject and has done much to widen the perspective of economists.
And it will widen the search for planets orbiting stars outside our solar system.
The program must be designed to widen the choices available to the market, not to preempt them.
The technician's eyes widen to the size of video monitors.
To widen the portal, some scientists suggest using a laser to inject immense amounts of negative energy.
As they do, the definition of humanness has begun to widen.
And the gaps, the report says, are expected to widen.
My advice is to keep trying and widen your target area.
College presidents and athletics directors, they say, have not done enough to widen their personal networks.
These benefits serve to widen the gap in compensation between part-time faculty and full-time faculty.
The heat, in turn, would widen the eye of the storm and decrease the strength of its winds.
But you can find amazing things if you widen the search parameters, too.
Yet the range of creatures to which our natural sympathy extends seems to widen over time, perhaps as our perspective widens.
And he recently decided to widen his circle of silliness, this time promoting astrology.
To increase our knowledge and understanding of this universe, to widen our horizons, to explore and do basic research.
After the freeways are converted to toll ways, widen them by buying up adjacent properties.
Thanks for answering my question from the beginning about how to widen the talent pool.
Retailers widen options, including more modest clothes.
Indeed, the gap between richer and poorer regions is likely to widen in many countries as the public-spending axe falls.
As the first flush of liberation begins to fade, differences between the new rulers may soon begin to widen.
As a result, the income gap between rich and poor countries started to widen again.
Concerns over contagion have caused sovereign credit-default swap spreads to widen, and the cost of borrowing to rise.
Governments are increasingly turning to private insurance in order to widen access to health care and make it more efficient.
Walking east, the streets widen and the buildings become larger and newer.
It should widen the space for political participation, thus lessening the likelihood of dissidents being driven to extremism.
One consequence is that economic growth is more likely to widen than close the already huge disparities in regional wealth.
The income gap between rich and poor countries will widen further.
It said the space created in the old city would be used to widen roads and improve access for fire engines.