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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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British Dictionary definitions for broadening

broaden

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

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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