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adjective broad pronunciation in British English /brɔːd/
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  1. 1

    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.

    1. a.
      a broad smile is very wide, showing that a person is very happy
  2. 2
    including many different things or people
    a broad range/spectrum:

    I meet a broad range of people in my job.

    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
    expressed in a general way, without many details
    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.

    1. a.
      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 government was right about this.

  4. 4
    a broad accent (=way of speaking) is very noticeable and typical of the area you come from, and may be difficult to understand
    1. a.
      a broad hint is an instance in which you let someone know something in an obvious way without telling them directly


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