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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [brawd]
    • /brɔd/
    • /brɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [brawd]
    • /brɔd/

Definitions of broad word

  • adjective broad Something that is broad is wide. 3
  • adjective broad A broad smile is one in which your mouth is stretched very wide because you are very pleased or amused. 3
  • adjective broad You use broad to describe something that includes a large number of different things or people. 3
  • adjective broad You use broad to describe a word or meaning which covers or refers to a wide range of different things. 3
  • adjective broad You use broad to describe a feeling or opinion that is shared by many people, or by people of many different kinds. 3
  • adjective broad A broad description or idea is general rather than detailed. 3

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Origin of broad

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English bro(o)d, Old English brād; cognate with Dutch breed, German breit, Old Norse breithr, Gothic braiths

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Parts of speech for Broad


broad popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

broad usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for broad

adj broad

  • full — completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup.
  • generous — liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
  • deep — If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.
  • large — of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
  • immense — vast; huge; very great: an immense territory.

Antonyms for broad

adj broad

  • miniature — a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
  • tiny — very small; minute; wee.
  • restricted — confined; limited.
  • small-minded — selfish, petty, or narrow-minded.
  • limited — confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.

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