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adjective broad pronunciation in American English /brɔd/
Word Forms
  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.
  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.
  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
    a broad southern accent
    1. a.
      a broad hint is an instance in which you let someone know something in an obvious way without telling them directly
      He was giving us a broad hint about what he’d bought her.



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