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broaden

[brawd-n] /ˈbrɔd n/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to become or make broad.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; broad + -en1
Related forms
overbroaden, verb
rebroaden, verb
unbroadened, adjective
Synonyms
extend, expand, enlarge, widen; enlighten, inform, educate; sophisticate.
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  • Introducing livestock to its range is guaranteed to broaden its diet even further.
  • Any theoretical statistician who thinks that this sort of feedback system does not work needs to broaden their horizons a bit.
  • Remember, when you consider evolution you have to broaden your time horizon.
  • It's pretty clear that its focus on global economics has done a lot to broaden its philosophy.
  • The tests were created to broaden the pool of talent open to the colleges, and that is what the testers say they still do.
  • We broaden the domain to give interesting things a chance to happen.
  • But she may need to broaden her description of her interests if she finds herself applying mainly for nonacademic positions.
  • Their trip was designed to broaden students' experience, not indoctrinate them.
  • To devise common systems and methods of standardization which broaden creativity rather than narrowing it.
  • However, if you are willing to broaden your perspective a bit, you might find you learn a lot.
British Dictionary definitions for broaden

broaden

/ˈbrɔːdən/
verb
1.
to make or become broad or broader; widen
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Word Origin and History for broaden
v.

1727, from broad (adj.) + -en (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of James Thomson's "Seasons" poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and past participle adjective broadening is recorded from 1850.

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