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verb widen pronunciation in British English /ˈwaɪd(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewidening
past tensewidened
past participlewidened
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become wider
    His eyes widened in shocked disbelief.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something wider
      They’re planning to widen the road outside our house.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to increase
    The gap between rich and poor seems to be widening.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to increase something
      The police are widening the scope of their investigation.
      They’re widening the choice of foreign languages available.

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