broad

The adjective broad boasts an extensive — you might even say broad — array of subtly different meanings including wide, spacious, far-reaching, vague, and unsubtle.

It's kind of funny that the word broad can communicate such an expansive range of ideas since expansive is, in fact, a synonym for broad. This adjective can be used to describe actual physical spaces. A broad highway, for example, would be difficult to cross because of all the cars in the many lanes of the road. The word can also be used more figuratively. American history covers a broad range of topics and events. A broad-minded person is open to new ideas, while broad humor aims for a mass audience with obvious gags and stunts.

Definitions of broad
  1. adjective
    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
    “a river two miles broad
    broad shoulders”
    “a broad river”
    synonyms: wide
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
    thick
    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
    beamy
    broad in the beam
    bird's-eye, panoramic
    as from an altitude or distance
    broad-brimmed
    (of hats) having a broad brim
    deep
    extending relatively far inward
    fanlike
    resembling a fan
    sweeping
    taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
    wide-screen
    (motion pictures) projected on a screen with much greater width than height
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    Antonyms:
    narrow
    not wide
    blinkered, narrow, narrow-minded
    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
    limited
    small in range or scope
    thin
    of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
    constricting, constrictive, narrowing
    (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
    narrowed
    reduced in size as by squeezing together
    narrow-mouthed
    having a narrow mouth
    slender, thin
    very narrow
    strait
    narrow
    straplike
    long and narrow like a strap
    narrowing, tapered, tapering
    becoming gradually narrower
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  2. adjective
    very large in expanse or scope
    “a broad lawn”
    synonyms: spacious, wide
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  3. adjective
    broad in scope or content
    “an invention with broad applications”
    synonyms: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, sweeping, wide
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
  4. adjective
    being at a peak or culminating point
    broad daylight”
    synonyms: full
    high
    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  5. adjective
    not detailed or specific
    “a broad rule”
    “the broad outlines of the plan”
    synonyms: unspecific
    general
    applying to all or most members of a category or group
  6. adjective
    lacking subtlety; obvious
    “gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave”
    synonyms: unsubtle
    clear
    readily apparent to the mind
  7. adjective
    (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional
    “a broad southern accent”
    Synonyms:
    noticeable
    capable or worthy of being perceived
  8. adjective
    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
    “a broad political stance”
    “generous and broad sympathies”
    synonyms: large-minded, liberal, tolerant
    broad-minded
    inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
  9. noun
    slang term for a woman
    “a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch”
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    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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