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broaden (one's) horizons

To have a new experience. I'm really nervous to live at school, but I know I need to broaden 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 broaden her horizons!
See also: broaden, horizon

broaden out

To widen or expand something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "broaden" and "out." They want to knock down a wall and broaden their kitchen out. I'm doing these exercises to broaden out my shoulders.
See also: broaden, out

travel broadens the mind

proverb One gains greater perspective on and knowledge about the world, other people, and oneself when one travels to different places. A: "I was thinking about taking a year off of work and traveling around Europe." B: "I think that sounds great. Travel broadens the mind, after all." A: "Why is Uncle Jamie so narrow-minded?" B: "Well, part of the reason is that travel broadens the mind, and he's never stepped foot outside of this town."
See also: broaden, mind, travel
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

broaden out

to become wider; to expand. The river broadened out and became deeper. The road broadens out here.
See also: broaden, out

broaden something out

to make something wider; to expand something. Now, broaden this part out a little, so it looks like a cloud, not a painted pillow. Broaden out the river in your painting so it looks very wide. The photographic view of the valley can be broadened out by using a different lens.
See also: broaden, out

Travel broadens the mind.

Prov. When you travel, you learn things about the people and places you see. Marie: I never realized how well-off most Americans are until I visited India. Jane: So it's true that travel broadens the mind, huh? Everyone who gets the chance should go abroad. Travel broadens the mind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Therefore we observe that if the dipole matrix element associated with the continuous spectrum is zero, we obtain as the absorption spectrum a line which is broadened due to the AUGER effect, and whose width is given by v = [2[pi][bar.q.sup.2]]/h, as expected.
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The study also calls for a broadened concept of educational activity by charitable groups that would enable them to take on serious societal issues.
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It found that along with a rise in the size of medical claims, the definition of malpractice is being broadened to include "failure to detect."
The Finnish media group Alma Media has broadened its range of mobile services.
Gradually, the institute broadened its purposes to include the training of humanists not necessarily seeking an identifiable humanist career but simply wanting to become more effective humanist voices.
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