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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.
See also: broaden, mind, travel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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