From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbroadenbroad‧en /ˈbrɔːdn $ ˈbrɒːdn/ ●○○ verb 1 [transitive]INCREASE IN ACTIVITY, FEELINGS ETC to increase something such as your knowledge, experience, or range of activities The course helps school-leavers broaden their knowledge of the world of work. I’d like to work abroad to broaden my horizons (=learn, experience, or attempt new things). Travel broadens the mind (=helps you to understand and accept other people’s beliefs, customs etc).2 [intransitive, transitive] to affect or include more people or things, or to make something affect or include more people or things SYN widen, expand Mr Mates said the party must broaden its appeal to younger voters. Flynn’s appeal broadened as the campaign continued into the summer months. I want to broaden the discussion to other aspects of the problem.3 [intransitive, transitive]WIDE to make something wider, or to become wider SYN widen Mark’s smile broadened. The council decided to broaden the pavement. → broaden out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbroaden• There was no article concerning the freedom of the press and the bans on journalists' activities were broadened.• In advanced capitalism neo-Marxists argue that the factors responsible for recruiting people into organized expressions of discontent broaden.• The road broadens a little further on.• The library is installing new technology to broaden access to its huge store of information.• Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation; and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.• The extent to which travel broadens depends at least partly on how much you give yourself to the experience.• At Missouri, Wright broadened his experience by working on a local newspaper.• The company has broadened its product range in the US.• Lloyd's is keen not only to increase its market share but to broaden its spread of risks.• In 1995, the U.S. sought to broaden its ties with India and Pakistan.• We managed to broaden out the argument.• The class is meant to broaden people's awareness of geography.• In February 1994, the investigation was broadened to other Symington business deals.• Well, Rose Fenemore, now might be the time to broaden your outlook a little.broadens ... mind• Like travel, it broadens the mind.