AskDefine | Define broaden

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1 make broader; "broaden the road"
2 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" [syn: widen, extend]
3 vary in order to spread risk or to expand; "The company diversified" [syn: diversify, branch out] [ant: specialize, specialize]
4 become broader; "The road broadened"

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  1. To make broad or broader.
  2. To become broad or broader.

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