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
  1. verb
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  2. verb
    cause to become widely known
    broadcast the news”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  3. verb
    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
  4. noun
    a radio or television show
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
  5. noun
    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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