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verb broadcast pronunciation in American English /ˈbrɔdˌkæst/
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present tense
present participlebroadcasting
past tensebroadcast or broadcasted
past participlebroadcast or broadcasted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to send out messages or programs to be received by radios or televisions
    broadcast (something) on something:

    The President’s speech will be broadcast on all major networks at 6:00 this evening.

    broadcast (something) live (=at the moment that it is happening):

    NBC will be broadcasting the game live from Chicago.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to tell people something, especially something that you wanted to be a secret

    You don’t have to broadcast my news to the whole world!

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noun [uncountable]

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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