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English verb: widen

1. widen (change) become broader or wider or more extensive


SamplesThe road widened.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)increase


Narrower (hyponym)dilate, distend, flare, flare out


Antonymsnarrow, contract

2. widen (change) make (clothes) larger


SamplesLet out that dress--I gained a lot of weight.


Synonymslet out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary


Antonymstake in

3. widen (change) make wider


SamplesWiden the road.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)white out


Causewiden

4. widen (change) extend in scope or range or area


SamplesThe law was extended to all citizens.
Widen the range of applications.
Broaden your horizon.
Extend your backyard.


Synonymsbroaden, extend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase


Narrower (hyponym)broaden, globalise, globalize, stretch, territorialise, territorialize


Verb groupexpand, extend









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