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Meaning of “broad” in the English Dictionary

"broad" in British English

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broadadjective

uk   /brɔːd/  us   /brɑːd/
  • broad adjective (WIDE)

B1 very ​wide: We ​walked down a broad ​avenuelined with ​trees. He ​flashed a broad grin at us. My ​brother is very broad-shouldered. B1 If something is a ​particulardistance broad, it ​measures this ​distance from ​side to ​side: This ​river is over 500 ​metres broad at ​itswidestpoint. O'Connell Bridge in Dublin is ​famous for being broader than it is ​long.

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  • broad adjective (GENERAL)

B1 including a ​widerange of things; ​general: The ​politician gave a broad outline of his ​proposals. The ​magazinecovers a broad range of ​subjects, from ​sewing to ​psychology.

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broadness
noun [U] uk   /ˈbrɔːd.nəs/  us   /ˈbrɑːd-/
She was ​struck by the broadness of his back.

broadnoun [C]

uk   /brɔːd/  us   /brɑːd/ US offensive
(Definition of broad from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"broad" in American English

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broadadjective

 us   /brɔd/
  • broad adjective (WIDE)

[-er/-est only] very ​wide: He ​flashed a broad ​grin at us.
  • broad adjective (GENERAL)

including many ​types of things; ​general: The ​magazinecovers a broad ​range of ​subjects. He ​explained it in very broad ​terms.
(Definition of broad from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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