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adjective American English pronunciation: broad /brɔd/ 
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adjectivebroad
comparativebroader
superlativebroadest
  1. 1
    wide

    He was of medium height, but had very broad shoulders.

    a broad shady path

    With a broad sweep of his arm, he indicated the town below us.

    a broad expanse (=a wide area):

    The road passed through a broad expanse of flooded fields.

  2. 2
    including many different things or people
    a broad range/spectrum:

    I meet a broad range of people in my job.

    Our radio station plays a broad spectrum of popular music.

    a broad base:

    The party is now struggling to maintain a broad political base.

    broad appeal:

    The new TV show has broad appeal.

    broad categories:

    Tropical diseases fall into two broad categories.

  3. 3
    if there is broad agreement about something, most people agree about it in a general way, even if they do not agree on all its details

    There is now a broad consensus that the president was right about this.

    1. a.
      expressed in a general way, without many details

      We need to define a broad strategy for future development.

      broad aims:

      We support the broad aims which underlie this Bill.

      a broad outline:

      This chapter can only give a broad outline of the subject.

      in the broadest sense:

      It's conservative, in the broadest sense of the word.

      a broad generalization:

      You make too many broad generalizations about people.

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