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broad

adjective uk   /brɔːd/ us    /brɑːd/

broad adjective (WIDE)

B1 very wide: We walked down a broad avenue lined with trees. He flashed a broad grin at us. My brother is very broad-shouldered. Wide and thick B1 If something is a particular distance broad, it measures this distance from side to side: This river is over 500 metres broad at its widest point. O'Connell Bridge in Dublin is famous for being broader than it is long.Wide and thick

broad adjective (GENERAL)

B1 including a wide range of things; general: The politician gave a broad outline of his proposals. The magazine covers a broad range of subjects, from sewing to psychology.General

broad adjective (STRONG)

If someone has a broad accent (= way of speaking), it is strong and noticeable, showing where they come from: He spoke with a broad Australian accent.Ways of speaking

broad adjective (INFORMATION)

broad hint a hint (= when you tell someone something without saying it directly) that is easy to understandEasiness and simplicity
broadly
adverb uk   /ˈbrɔːd.li/ us    /ˈbrɑːd-/
C1 Broadly speaking, don't you think women make better drivers than men?General
broadness
noun [U] uk   /ˈbrɔːd.nəs/ us    /ˈbrɑːd-/
She was struck by the broadness of his back.Measurements in general

broad

noun [C] uk   /brɔːd/ us    /brɑːd/ US offensive
a womanKinds of womenMen and women
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