To broadcast is to air a program, especially on TV or radio. It also means to tell people about something. If you paint your one true love’s name on your car, you broadcast your feelings to the whole world!

The word broadcast used to have to do with spreading seed, but now it refers to spreading information. It can be a noun or verb — if you turn on the radio, you're hearing a broadcast, and the station is broadcasting that show. You don’t have to be in a studio to broadcast, though. Any time you let a lot of people know about something (whether they like it or not), you broadcast. When information is broadcast, it becomes widely known.

Definitions of broadcast

v broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

air, beam, send, transmit
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broadcast or disseminate via satellite
broadcast a sports event
telecast, televise
broadcast via television
transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
rebroadcast, rerun
broadcast again, as of a film
broadcast in color
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air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

v cause to become widely known

broadcast the news”
circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
circulate, go around, spread
become widely known and passed on
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distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
introduce into an environment
generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
carry, run
include as the content; broadcast or publicize
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air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

v sow over a wide area, especially by hand

broadcast seeds”
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seed, sow
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

n a radio or television show

program, programme
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news, news program, news show
a program devoted to current events, often using interviews and commentary
a program that is broadcast again
chat show, talk show
a program during which well-known people discuss a topic or answer questions telephoned in by the audience
TV program, TV show, television program, television show
a program broadcast by television
game show, giveaway
a television or radio program in which contestants compete for awards
serial, series
a serialized set of programs
episode, installment, instalment
a part of a broadcast serial
sustaining program
a program without a commercial sponsor
a program in which the audience participates by telephone
colorcast, colourcast
a television program that is broadcast in color
pilot, pilot film, pilot program
a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
quiz program
a game show in which contestants answer questions
an episode that ends in suspense
soap opera
a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)
a series of four related works (plays or operas or novels)
television news
a television broadcast of news
sitcom, situation comedy
a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life
a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
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a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

n message that is transmitted by radio or television

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a broadcast that repeated at a later time
radio broadcast
a broadcast via radio
a broadcast that is carried simultaneously by radio and television (or by FM and AM radio)
a television broadcast
a broadcast of news or commentary on the news
radio news
a radio broadcast of news
a broadcast of sports news or commentary
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a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

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