broad (adjective) LISTEN
Broad means ‘wide.’
- Lake Michigan is so broad that it seems like an ocean.
- Phil's shoulders are too broad to fit into that jacket.
- The professor has a broad range of interests.
Broad also means ‘general.’
- In a broad sense, eating fruits and vegetables makes you feel good.
Don't confuse it with
board: a long, rectangular piece of wood. Example: “Andrew put several boards together to make the table.”
abroad: in a foreign country. Example: “Elise spent two years abroad learning German.”
broad daylight: open and full daylight. Example: “They were robbed in broad daylight.”
Did you know?
Broad is a slang term for a woman, which you may see in movies of the 1940s and 1950s. But calling a woman a broad today would be considered an insult.
broadly: generally. Example: “Broadly speaking, the students seem well prepared.”
In pop culture
Broad City is a US comedy series about two young women living in New York. In this clip, they go shopping for fans. Do you think Abbi shops here often?
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