Language: Old English
Origin: brad


1 adjective
broad1 S2 W2


a road, river, or part of someone's body etc that is broad is wide [≠ narrow; ↪ breadth]:
We went along a broad passage.
He was six feet tall, with broad shoulders.
six feet/three metres etc broad
The room is three metres long and two metres broad.
see usage note wide1

including a lot

including many different kinds of things or people [≠ narrow; ↪ breadth]:
The show aims to reach the broadest possible audience.
broad range/spectrum
Students here study a broad range of subjects.
broad category/field/area etc
Private pension schemes fall into two broad categories.
a party which lacks a broad base of political support


concerning the main ideas or parts of something rather than all the details:
The client should understand, in broad terms, the likely cost of the case.
broad consensus/agreement etc
The members were in broad agreement.
broad outline/framework
I'll give you a broad outline of the plan.

large area

covering a large area:
a broad expanse of water

way of speaking

a broad accent clearly shows where you come from [= strong]:
a broad Scottish accent

broad smile/grin

a big smile:
Abby came in with a broad smile on her face.

in broad daylight

if something, especially a crime, happens in broad daylight, it happens in the daytime and in public:
The attack happened in broad daylight, in one of the busiest parts of town.

broad hint

a hint (=suggestion) that is very clear and easy to understand:
In June he gave a broad hint that he might retire.

a broad church

British English an organization that contains a wide range of opinions:
The Labour Party has to be a broad church.


broad humour is rather rude or concerned with sex

broad in the beam

informal having large or fat hips

wide, thick, broad
Wide is used to talk about the distance across something such as a road or river. It is also used to talk about the distance from one side to the other of an object a doorway two metres wideThick is usually used to talk about the distance between the two largest surfaces of an object The steel doors are four inches thick.Broad can often be used instead of wide, but it is slightly literary broad, graceful avenuesBroad is always used with shoulders and back a big man with broad (NOT wide) shouldersWide is used with nouns such as range, variety, and choice to say that something includes a lot of different things.Broad is used with nouns such as outline, picture, and description to say that a description is general rather than specific.See also wide

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