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Synonyms for widenˈwaɪd n

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. widen(verb)

    become broader or wider or more extensive

    Synonyms:
    let out, extend, broaden

    Antonyms:
    contract, narrow

  2. let out, widen(verb)

    make (clothes) larger

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

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

  3. widen(verb)

    make wider

    Synonyms:
    let out, extend, broaden

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

  4. widen, broaden, extend(verb)

    extend in scope or range or area

    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, widen, expand, lead, poke out, carry, pass, protract, stretch forth, continue, reach out, prolong

    Antonyms:
    narrow, contract

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.

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

expand, broaden, extend, enlarge, expanding, dig, broadening, increase, extending, expanded


Translations for widen

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • rozšířitCzech
  • erweitern, weitenGerman
  • laajentaa, laajentua, leventääFinnish
  • s’élargir, élargirFrench
  • larjigar, larjeskarIdo
  • allargere, allargarsi, allargareItalian
  • 広がる, 広める, 大きい, 広まる, 広げる, 拡張するJapanese
  • پان کردن, پان بوونKurdish
  • alargarPortuguese
  • расширяться, расшириться, расширить, расширятьRussian
  • vidga, utvidga, utökaSwedish

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