Why was "tantrum" trending last week?


[brawd-n] /ˈbrɔd n/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to become or make broad.
1720-30; broad + -en1
Related forms
overbroaden, verb
rebroaden, verb
unbroadened, adjective
extend, expand, enlarge, widen; enlighten, inform, educate; sophisticate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for broadened
  • However, interest from contemporary movie stars broadened the appeal of the car beyond that of a racing vehicle.
  • The project has since grown and its scope has been broadened.
  • But evolutionary theory has broadened and changed as his ideas have been melded with genetics.
  • The effort broadened to include nearly every scientific discipline from archeology to zoology.
  • All of them will tell you that, once across, their faith broadened and deepened.
  • By the end, participants have both achieved milestones on an academic project and broadened their community of mentors.
  • The admissions office has broadened its recruitment strategies to include online chats for prospective applicants.
  • Space permits discussion of only a few of many that have broadened my personal knowledge.
  • As he walked the valley broadened and then narrowed again.
  • It was on the edge of a bay, into which the river broadened immediately below the rapids.
British Dictionary definitions for broadened


to make or become broad or broader; widen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for broadened



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for broaden

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for broadened

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with broadened