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verb broaden pronunciation in British English /ˈbrɔːd(ə)n/
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present tense
present participlebroadening
past tensebroadened
past participlebroadened
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    broaden out

    [intransitive] to become wider

    The street broadened into a square.

    the council’s plans to broaden the road

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something wider

      a project to broaden the road

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something include more things or people

    The scope of the book has been broadened to include the history of Eastern Europe.

    1. a.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your smile broadens, it becomes wider because you are happy

    His smile broadened when he saw her.

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  4. 4
    [intransitive] if your accent broadens, you start to speak with a more noticeable accent

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