What does widen mean?

widen meaning in General Dictionary

extend in scope or range or location

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  • make (garments) bigger
  • make larger
  • become wider or wider or more extensive
  • to create large or wider to give in breadth to increase the width of on broaden a field to widen a breach to broaden a stocking
  • to cultivate wide or wider to expand to spread to increase
  • which will make large or larger; to give in breadth; to increase the width of; as, to widen an industry; to expand a breach; to broaden a stocking.
  • To grow wide or wider; to enlarge; to distribute; to extend.

widen meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1600 (transitive), from large + -en (1). Intransitive sense from 1709. Associated: Widened; widening.


widen meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To help make broad or wider; to extend in breadth; to boost the width of; as, to widen a field; to expand a breach; to broaden a stocking.

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  • (v. i.) to develop wide or larger; to enlarge; to spread; to increase.

Sentence Examples with the word widen

The road began to widen and after a sharp bend she came into the tiny town indicated on the map.

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