Meaning of BROAD in English


I. broad 1 S2 W2 /brɔːd $ brɒːd/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: brad ]

1 . WIDE a road, river, or part of someone’s body etc that is broad is wide OPP 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.


In everyday English, people usually say wide rather than broad :

a wide river/street/corridor

They sell a wide range of bikes.

Broad , however, is always used when descibing someone's shoulders or back.

2 . INCLUDING A LOT including many different kinds of things or people OPP 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

The play is a comedy, in the broadest sense of the word.

3 . GENERAL 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.

4 . LARGE AREA covering a large area:

a broad expanse of water

5 . WAY OF SPEAKING a broad ↑ accent clearly shows where you come from SYN strong :

a broad Scottish accent

6 . broad smile/grin a big smile:

Abby came in with a broad smile on her face.

7 . 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.

8 . broad hint a ↑ hint (=suggestion) that is very clear and easy to understand:

In June he gave a broad hint that he might retire.

9 . a broad church British English an organization that contains a wide range of opinions:

The Labour Party has to be a broad church.

10 . HUMOUR broad humour is rather rude or concerned with sex

11 . broad in the beam informal having large or fat ↑ hip s

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ broad + NOUN

▪ a broad range

Sport is a part of a broad range of activities that we call leisure.

▪ a broad spectrum (=range)

Among the public there is a broad spectrum of opinion.

▪ a broad category

Our range of programmes fall into three broad categories.

▪ a broad area/field (=including a lot of different things)

Psychobiology is a broad area covering many different topics.

▪ a broad cross-section (=a varied group that is typical of a larger varied group)

We offer entertainment to appeal to a broad cross-section of people.

▪ a broad base

The course is designed to provide a broad base for students looking to work in IT.

▪ a broad alliance/coalition

The government was a broad alliance of eight political parties.

▪ a broad curriculum (=one that includes a range of subjects)

Students are encouraged to follow a broad curriculum in the first year.

▪ have broad appeal (=be attractive to many different types of people)

Their music has a very broad appeal.

II. broad 2 BrE AmE noun [countable] American English spoken not polite

an offensive word for a woman

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