broad

I UK [brɔːd] / US [brɔd] adjective
Word forms "broad":
adjective broad comparative broader superlative broadest
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1)
a) wide

He was of medium height, but had very broad shoulders.

a broad shady path

With a broad sweep of his arm, he indicated the town below us.

a broad expanse (= a wide area):

The road passed through a broad expanse of flooded fields.

b) a broad smile is very wide, showing that a person is very happy
2) including many different things or people
a broad range/spectrum:

I meet a broad range of people in my job.

Our radio station plays a broad spectrum of popular music.

a broad base:

The party is now struggling to maintain a broad political base.

broad appeal:

The new TV show has broad appeal.

broad categories:

Tropical diseases fall into two broad categories.

3)
a) expressed in a general way, without many details

We need to define a broad strategy for future development.

broad aims:

We support the broad aims which underlie this Bill.

a broad outline:

This chapter can only give a broad outline of the subject.

in the broadest sense:

It's conservative, in the broadest sense of the word.

a broad generalization:

You make too many broad generalizations about people.

b) if there is broad agreement about something, most people agree about it in a general way, even if they do not agree on all its details

There is now a broad consensus that the government was right about this.

4)
a) a broad accent (= way of speaking) is very noticeable and typical of the area you come from, and may be difficult to understand

a broad northern accent

b) a broad hint is an instance in which you let someone know something in an obvious way without telling them directly
See:
broadly

II UK [brɔːd] / US [brɔd] noun [countable]
Word forms "broad":
singular broad plural broads American offensive
an insulting word for a woman

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  • Broad — Broad, n. 1. The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar. [1913 Webster] 2. The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen. [Local, Eng.] Southey. [1913 Webster] 3. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broad — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a distance larger than usual from side to side; wide. 2) of a specified distance wide. 3) large in area or scope. 4) without detail; general. 5) (of a hint) clear and unambiguous. 6) (of a regional accent) very noticeable… …   English terms dictionary

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