If something is broad, it’s wide. The word "broad" is an adjective.

  • The roads in this city are very broad.
  • A sidewalk should be broad enough for two people to walk side by side.
  • Our teacher has a broad knowledge of American literature.
  • Doctors have a broad understanding of how the human body functions.
  • Broad shoulders make a man or a woman look more powerful.
  • A broad smile spread across the woman’s face when she learned she was the winner of the contest.
  • A man had his car stolen in broad daylight. (broad daylight = during the day as opposed to night)

shoulders measuredHe had his shoulders measured because he wanted to know how broad they were.

The word "broaden" is a verb.

simplepastpast participle
  • Traveling is a good way to broaden your knowledge of the world.
  • You can broaden your horizons by going to college. (broaden one’s horizons = to be exposed to new ways of thinking)
  • Working with elderly people can broaden your horizons.
  • The highway was broadened in order to accommodate more cars. (The highway was made wider.)

The word "broad" is found in some compound nouns:

  • A live radio or television broadcast can capture the attention of millions of people.
  • Broadway is an area of New York City where theater goers can watch live theatrical productions.
  • Many American cities have a street named Broadway.
  • Broadband internet provides fast downloads and uploads.
  • The broad jump is an athletic event in which a person jumps to achieve a long distance.
  • A dandelion is a broadleaf weed.

Note: The word "broad" is also a derogatory term for a woman. It’s use is out of fashion, but you might hear it used if you ever watch old American movies: She’s a very smart broad.

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April 29, 2019