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 Dictionary entry overview: What does widening mean? 

  The noun WIDENING has 3 senses:

1. an increase in width
2. a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
3. the act of making something wider

  Familiarity information: WIDENING used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1widening [BACK TO TOP]


An increase in width

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes


widening; broadening

Hypernyms ("widening" is a kind of...):

growth; increase; increment (a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important)


narrowing (a decrease in width)

Sense 2widening [BACK TO TOP]


A part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


turnout; widening

Hypernyms ("widening" is a kind of...):

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

Holonyms ("widening" is a part of...):

road; route (an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation)

Sense 3widening [BACK TO TOP]


The act of making something wider

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


broadening; widening

Hypernyms ("widening" is a kind of...):

change of shape (an action that changes the shape of something)


narrowing (the act of making something narrower)

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