broad1 W2S2 [bro:d US bro:d] adj
2¦(including a lot)¦
4¦(large area)¦
5¦(way of speaking)¦
6 broad smile/grin
7 in broad daylight
8 broad hint
9 a broad church
11 broad in the beam
[: Old English; Origin: brad]
1.) ¦(WIDE)¦
a road, river, or part of someone's body etc that is broad is wide
≠ ↑narrow
We went along a broad passage.
He was six feet tall, with broad shoulders.
six feet/three metres etc broad
The room is three metres long and two metres broad.
see usage notewide1
including many different kinds of things or people
≠ ↑narrow
The show aims to reach the broadest possible audience.
broad range/spectrum
Students here study a broad range of subjects.
broad category/field/area etc
Private pension schemes fall into two broad categories.
a party which lacks a broad base of political support
The play is a comedy, in the broadest sense of the word .
3.) ¦(GENERAL)¦
concerning the main ideas or parts of something rather than all the details
The client should understand, in broad terms , the likely cost of the case.
broad consensus/agreement etc
The members were in broad agreement.
broad outline/framework
I'll give you a broad outline of the plan.
4.) ¦(LARGE AREA)¦
covering a large area
a broad expanse of water
a broad ↑accent clearly shows where you come from
= ↑strong
a broad Scottish accent
6.) broad smile/grin
a big smile
Abby came in with a broad smile on her face.
7.) in broad daylight
if something, especially a crime, happens in broad daylight, it happens in the daytime and in public
The attack happened in broad daylight, in one of the busiest parts of town.
8.) broad hint
a ↑hint (=suggestion) that is very clear and easy to understand
In June he gave a broad hint that he might retire.
9.) a broad church
BrE an organization that contains a wide range of opinions
The Labour Party has to be a broad church.
10.) ¦(HUMOUR)¦
broad humour is rather rude or concerned with sex
11.) broad in the beam informal
having large or fat ↑hips
broad 2
broad2 n AmE spoken not polite
an offensive word for a woman

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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