• WordNet 3.6
    • v broaden become broader "The road broadened"
    • v broaden make broader "broaden the road"
    • v broaden vary in order to spread risk or to expand "The company diversified"
    • v broaden extend in scope or range or area "The law was extended to all citizens","widen the range of applications","broaden your horizon","Extend your backyard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Broaden To grow broad; to become broader or wider. "The broadening sun appears."
    • v. t Broaden To make broad or broader; to render more broad or comprehensive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • broaden To grow broad or broader.
    • broaden To make broad; increase in breadth; render more broad or comprehensive: as, “broaden'd nostrils,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Broaden to make broad or broader
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.”
  • Ethel Barrymore
    Ethel Barrymore
    “You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.”
  • Zadik
    “Little kindnesses... will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Broad (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brád, Goth. braids.


In literature:

But in spite of his preoccupation the freedom and massiveness of the West broadened the Boy's mental vision.
"One Day" by Anonymous
The river at this point broadened out.
"The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone" by Richard Bonner
In Gaul, as in Spain and Italy, the shadows of coming night were broadening over literary activity, thought, and feeling.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
For a moment longer he stood, and a smile broadened on his face as he raised his eyes to me.
"The Indiscretion of the Duchess" by Anthony Hope
Holton's smile was broadening.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
And the great profits he derived from that fortunate lease greatly broadened the foundation of his subsequently colossal fortune.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
In the broadening stain there fell and lay blazing the great gem of France.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
He had broadened, and though his face was thin, it had undeniable distinction.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
The summer evening broadened as the two men sauntered on through the park, beside a small stream fringed with yellow flags.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Akbar left no means untried to broaden his religious outlook.
"Akbar, Emperor of India" by Richard von Garbe
Then broaden, deepen, enrich the life.
"What All The World's A-Seeking" by Ralph Waldo Trine
She'd begun right off to broaden her own horizon.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Critics and criticism in America, 450-451; broadening of the work of, 451-452.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
They broaden and brighten the daily life of the people.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
The smile broadened as the sharp doctor launched a question at the narrator of terrible facts.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Beyond the village the valley broadens out once more, disclosing Apennines capped with winter snow.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
Kemper wheeled about immediately, while the smile of placid amusement in his face broadened into a laugh of delighted recognition.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
He released my mind, broadened my view, lengthened my perspective.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
With Rousseau there is no contrast, for the simple reason that his teaching is only a broadening of the channel dug by Locke.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
His face broadened into his old smile.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland

In poetry:

I love the air, when growing colder
It, clear and high,
The purer sky
Broadens with sense of freedom bolder.
"Frederik Hegel" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Light on the Laspur hills was broadening fast,
The blood-red snow-peaks chill’d to a dazzling white;
He turn’d, and saw the golden circle at last,
Cut by the Eastern height.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Uplifting, he saw all the laughing valley,
Heard the unloosened waters leaping down
Broadening over the meadows; saw the sun running
From hill to hill and glittering upon the town.
"The Unloosening" by John Freeman
Enough, the shadows lengthen far ahead
When the sun turns his feet to meet the west;
So this man's power shall broaden out and spread
When he, too, takes his well-earned sleep and rest.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
The horses of day plunge and are restrained
Dawn broadens to quarter height, and the meadow mists
Drift like gauze veilings, the roadway ingrained
With traffic marks shows so, Saturday enters the lists
"Saturday's Comings" by Ivor Gurney
I turned and looked on heaven awhile, where now
The moor-faced sunset broadened with red light;
Threw high aloft a golden bough,
And seemed the desert of the night
Far down with mellow orchards to endow.
"The Orchard And The Heath" by George Meredith

In news:

Social media management firm HootSuite looks to broaden its customer base.
Hinojosa seeks to broaden Democrats' appeal in Texas.
He left Switzerland about a half-century ago to broaden his horizons and along the way learned to be a professional cook in addition to his butchering skills.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit taking steps to broaden its audience.
Day 164 of the 2003 Legislature saw a rare federal court hearing on a state issue, no progress on a tax plan and indications the Legislature has given up on attempts to broaden the state's tax base.
Latin music influences – including salsa, merengue, and samba – are seeping into the concert hall as directors seek to broaden the appeal.
Shannon Airport is on track to create an aviation center of excellence–to include a broadened business aviation role–at the Irish field, speakers said yesterday at the second annual Irish Business Aviation Convention.
Ways to broaden and strengthen your contract -writing capability.
How to change and broaden a contract for different situations.
Broadening this home cinema's horizons required going to CinemaScope lengths, including a special setup that reflects projected images off a mirror to the screen.
Ted Fowler has broadened Golden Corral 's commitment to veterans from one night of free meals to a more sustained effort.
The newly-approved JOBS Act broadens the pool of people who can invest in small businesses and offers an exciting new avenue for raising money for start-ups, by harnessing the power of the crowdfunding movement.
Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.
While the Obama admin­is­tra­tion is broad­en­ing eli­gi­bil­ity, US cit­i­zens increas­ingly also say they pre­fer it this way.
TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah City Hospital has broadened its fight against cancer by offering advanced scans for the detection and treatment of cancer on its new PET/CT.

In science:

Taking scattering and diffraction broadening on equal footing, the paraxial approximation is more generally applicable then the eikonal one .
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
It would be rather trivial if the angular broadening of the incident wave led just to a regularization of the forward scattering singularity.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The inhomogeneous in its nature broadening is due to the fluctuations in the total flux threading the Larmor orbit.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
We try to broaden this class by introducing new resolution techniques (e.g. tabling) or integrating it with other systems.
The mass ratio may be determined by combining our K2 with the rotational broadening measurement of Catal´an, Smith & Jones (2000).
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
On the other hand, the distribution of the log-couplings ζ ⊥ ≡ ln(Ω/J ⊥ ) is expected to broaden exponentially as a function of Γ: for example, when we combine n spins that are active at the crossover scale into a cluster, the effective transverse coupling acting on this cluster will be of order ζ ⊥ ∼ nΓδIAF .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The analytic formulas for the ground energy level broadening and shift are obtained, as well as for the entropy of the ground quantum state.
Exactly solvable models of quantum mechanics including fluctuations in the framework of representation of the wave function by random process
This allowed for FRD broadening of the beam.
SPIRAL Phase A: A Prototype Integral Field Spectrograph for the AAT
At finite temperatures this distribution broadens.
Random Scattering by Atomic Density Fluctuations in Optical Lattices
This broadening may correspond to some jitter in forming the trigger pulse from the sum of muon patch pulses.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The factor a represents a ‘natural’ broadening of the resonance due to finite lifetime at the excited Landau level.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
In this case, the 3He component provides the low-lying single-particle (particle-hole) excitations which cause the broadening of the rotational spectrum of the molecule.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
Finally we should emphasize that at least two important effects have been ignored with the calculation of the Fig. 1 curves: finite thickness (FT) correction, and disorder broadening of Landau levels (LL’s).
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
When chargeless exciton exists, the disorder broadening determines a finite cut-off value qm for 2D momenta: q < qm .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
As one can see, the distribution is very broad, and the broadening is more pronounced at large distances.
Quenched bond dilution in two-dimensional Potts models