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widen (one's) horizons

To have or seek out new experiences, especially if one's experiences have been relatively limited. I'm really nervous to live at school, but I know I need to widen my horizons and get some experience living without my family. I can't believe that Molly has never left the state before! She seriously needs to widen her horizons!
See also: horizon, widen

broaden/widen somebody's horizons

to increase the range of things that someone knows about, has experienced, or is able to do This trip to the Far East has certainly broadened our family's horizons.
See also: broaden, horizon
References in classic literature ?
Glegg's day seems far back in the past now, separated from us by changes that widen the years.
Very softly down the glade runs a waiting, watching shade, And the whisper spreads and widens far and near; And the sweat is on thy brow, for he passes even now-- He is Fear, O Little Hunter, he is Fear!
I like sitting in the boat and slowly rising out of the cool depths up into new reaches and fresh views; or sinking down, as it were, out of the world, and then waiting, while the gloomy gates creak, and the narrow strip of day-light between them widens till the fair smiling river lies full before you, and you push your little boat out from its brief prison on to the welcoming waters once again.
On the other side affectees of lake have been demanding from the government to widen the spillway by planting explosives along the water banks and for last few days the affectees were also widening the spillway with tools.
Originally, officials had hoped to widen the freeway in both directions, but because of rising construction costs and state budget problems, the $46.
But Transport Secretary Alistair Darling says spending pounds 271m to widen 10 miles of the Newcastle western bypass would not ease congestion because more cars would use it.
Despite these limitations, serious students of interstate warfare will find this work a useful entry into the question of why wars widen.
Widen joins Schering-Plough from AstraZeneca Kft (Hungary) where he served as president for the past five years.
3: 5 passes to 3 and replaces himself, while 3 passes to 4, basket-cuts, then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner.
Furthermore, after checking with the military affairs analyst in the office, Gerstein agrees that the Bush Administration should seek another Congressional authorization in order to widen the war to Iraq.
STRABAG has been awarded the EO 287 contract to widen a 5.
The state Transportation Department is seeking the funding to widen a section of the highway -- 175th Street East to Largo Vista Road -- from two lanes to four.
Work was due to start on a project to improve and widen a short section of Heathcote Lane, Leamington, close to the Rehabilitation Hospital.
Work to widen the eastbound carriageway to four lanes has been completed and contractors will spend the summer widening the motorway westbound before reconstructing the central reservation.
Widen testified that Blue Cross of Illinois has performed three phases of an ongoing hysterectomy study.