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[wahyd-n] /ˈwaɪd n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand.
Origin of widen
1600-10; wide + -en1
Related forms
widener, noun
rewiden, verb
unwidened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for widen
  • 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


to make or become wide or wider
Derived Forms
widener, noun
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Word Origin and History for widen

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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