broadening


verb (used with or without object)

  1. to become or make broad.

verb

  1. to make or become broad or broader; widen
v.

1727, from broad (adj.) + -en (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of James Thomson’s “Seasons” poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and past participle adjective broadening is recorded from 1850.

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