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English definition of “broaden”


verb [T] (MORE GENERAL)    /ˈbrɔː.dən/ US  /ˈbrɑː-/
C1 to increase the range of something: They've introduced all sorts of new elements to that programme in order to broaden its appeal . I hoped that going to university might broaden my horizons (= increase the range of my knowledge and experience ).Elaborating, specifying and simplifying
(Definition of broaden verb (MORE GENERAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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