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4 definitions found
 for widen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Widen \Wid"en\, v. i.
     To grow wide or wider; to enlarge; to spread; to extend.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Arches widen, and long aisles extend.    --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Widen \Wid"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widened; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Widening.]
     To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; to increase the
     width of; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach; to widen a
     stocking.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  widen
      v 1: become broader or wider or more extensive; "The road
           widened" [ant: contract, narrow]
      2: make (clothes) larger; "Let out that dress--I gained a lot of
         weight" [syn: let out, widen] [ant: take in]
      3: make wider; "widen the road"
      4: 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" [syn: widen,
         broaden, extend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "widen":
     accrue, accumulate, add to, advance, aggrandize, amplify,
     appreciate, augment, balloon, bloat, blow up, boom, branch,
     branch out, breed, broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out,
     crescendo, deal in generalities, deepen, deploy, develop, dilate,
     disperse, distend, ecumenicize, enlarge, expand, extend, fan,
     fan out, fill out, flare, gain, gain strength, generalize,
     get ahead, globalize, go up, greaten, grow, hike, hike up, huff,
     increase, inflate, intensify, magnify, make a generalization,
     mount, multiply, open, open up, outspread, outstretch, overgrow,
     overrun, proliferate, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, raise, ramify,
     rarefy, rise, run up, shoot up, snowball, splay, spraddle,
     sprangle, sprawl, spread, spread like wildfire, spread out,
     strengthen, stretch, sufflate, swell, tumefy, unfold, universalize,
     up, wax
  
  

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