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widenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈwaɪ.dən/
B2 to ​become, or to make something ​greater in ​width: As it ​approaches the ​sea, the ​riverbegins to widen (out).

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B2 to (​cause something to) ​becomelarger or to ​include a ​largeramount or ​number: His ​eyes/​smile widened. Why not widen the ​discussion to ​include the ​Muslim and ​Jewishpoints of ​view?
(Definition of widen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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widenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈwɑɪ·dən/
to ​becomefarther in ​distance from one ​side to the other: [I] After it ​passes through ​town, the ​road widens.
to ​allow or ​encourageinfluence by something ​else: [T] Let’s widen the ​discussion by ​listening to ​people with other ​points of ​view.
(Definition of widen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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