Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “widen”


verb [I or T] (AMOUNT)    /ˈwaɪ.dən/
B2 to ( cause something to) become larger or to include a larger amount or number : His eyes / smile widened. Why not widen the discussion to include the Muslim and Jewish points of view ?Enlarging and inflatingBecoming biggerBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
(Definition of widen verb (AMOUNT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of widen

Definitions of “widen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

best man

a male friend or relation of the bridegroom who stands with him and helps him during a marriage ceremony

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More