What does broaden mean?

Definitions for broaden
ˈbrɔd nbroad·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word broaden.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. broadenverb

    make broader

    "broaden the road"

  2. widen, broaden, extendverb

    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"

  3. diversify, branch out, broadenverb

    vary in order to spread risk or to expand

    "The company diversified"

  4. broadenverb

    become broader

    "The road broadened"


  1. broadenverb

    To make broad or broader.

  2. broadenverb

    To become broad or broader.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Broadenverb

    To grow broad. I know not whether this word occurs, but in the following passage.

    Etymology: from broad.

    Low walks the sun, and broadens by degrees,
    Just o’er the verge of day. James Thomson, Summer, l. 1605.


  1. broaden

    To broaden means to expand, enhance, or increase in scope, range, or extent in various aspects such as knowledge, understanding, experience, etc. It involves making something wider or more comprehensive, often for better accessibility and inclusivity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broadenadjective

    to grow broad; to become broader or wider

  2. Broadenverb

    to make broad or broader; to render more broad or comprehensive

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Broaden is ranked #35057 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Broaden surname appeared 643 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Broaden.

    92.8% or 597 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 21 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broaden in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broaden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of broaden in a Sentence

  1. Mary Catherine Bateson:

    The family is changing not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it, look for the new metaphors.

  2. Ernest Hemingway:

    Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.

  3. C. Chesterfield:

    Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds

  4. Mike Rogers:

    We focus primarily on the defensive, but I think now we're at a tipping point where we not only need to continue to build on the defensive capability, but we've also got to broaden our capabilities to provide policymakers and operational commanders with a broader range of options.

  5. 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, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

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    • A. naiant
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