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Synonyms for widen
ˈwaɪd nwiden

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. widen

    Amplify is now rarely used in the sense of increase, to add material substance, bulk, volume, or the like; it is now almost wholly applied to discourse or writing, signifying to make fuller in statement, whether with or without adding matter of importance, as by stating fully what was before only implied, or by adding illustrations to make the meaning more readily apprehended, etc. The chief difficulty of very young writers is to amplify, to get beyond the bare curt statement by developing, expanding, unfolding the thought. The chief difficulty of those who have more material and experience is to condense sufficiently. So, in the early days of our literature amplify was used in the favorable sense; but at present this word and most kindred words are coming to share the derogatory meaning that has long attached to expatiate. We may develop a thought, expand an illustration, extend a discussion, expatiate on a hobby, dilate on something joyous or sad, enlarge a volume, unfold a scheme, widen the range of treatment.

    Synonyms:
    amplify, augment, develop, dilate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, extend, increase, unfold

    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, amputate, boil down, condense, curtail, cut down, epitomize, reduce, retrench, sum up, summarize

    Preposition:
    To amplify on or upon the subject is needless. Amplify this matter by illustrations.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. widenverb

    become broader or wider or more extensive

    "The road widened"

    Synonyms:
    let out, extend, broaden

    Antonyms:
    contract, narrow

  2. let out, widenverb

    make (clothes) larger

    "Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight"

    Synonyms:
    unwrap, divulge, bring out, let loose, give away, expose, broaden, let out, break, emit, extend, reveal, discover, utter, let on, disclose

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

  3. widenverb

    make wider

    "widen the road"

    Synonyms:
    let out, extend, broaden

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

  4. widen, broaden, extendverb

    extend in scope or range or area

    "The law was extended to all citizens"; "widen the range of applications"; "broaden your horizon"; "Extend your backyard"

    Synonyms:
    go, unfold, exsert, hold out, branch out, strain, cover, diversify, broaden, draw out, let out, gallop, stretch, stretch out, put out, offer, extend, run, expand, lead, poke out, carry, pass, protract, stretch forth, continue, reach out, prolong

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

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How to use widen in a sentence?

  1. Jerome Powell:

    If not contained and reversed, the downturn could further widen gaps in economic well-being that the long expansion had made some progress in closing.

  2. Deb DeHaas:

    You need to widen the aperture of where you're looking.

  3. Michael Karpman:

    There's a risk that as the job losses continue Larry Levitt will see that gap widen in health insurance coverage between the [ Medicaid ] expansion and non-expansion states.

  4. Justin Onuekwusi:

    The thing to monitor is how quickly Europe can get out the vaccine. If we see continued slowness there, you will see the gap widen between euro and dollar.

  5. Henry Peabody:

    The challenge today is that when (bond) credit spreads widen, they do so quickly, you have to be ready to jump on it.


Translations for widen

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  • rozšířitCzech
  • erweitern, weitenGerman
  • ensancharSpanish
  • leventää, laajentua, laajentaaFinnish
  • élargir, s’élargirFrench
  • larjeskar, larjigarIdo
  • allargarsi, allargare, allargereItalian
  • 拡張する, 広める, 広げる, 大きい, 広まる, 広がるJapanese
  • پان بوون, پان کردنKurdish
  • alargarPortuguese
  • расширять, расширить, расшириться, расширятьсяRussian
  • utöka, utvidga, vidgaSwedish

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