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widen

[wahyd-n] /ˈwaɪd n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; wide + -en1
Related forms
widener, noun
rewiden, verb
unwidened, adjective
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for widen

widen

/ˈwaɪdən/
verb
1.
to make or become wide or wider
Derived Forms
widener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widen
v.

c.1600, from wide + -en (1). Related: Widened; widening.

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