wid|en [ `waıdn ] verb **
1. ) intransitive to increase:
The gap between rich and poor seems to be widening.
a ) transitive to increase something:
The police are widening the scope of their investigation.
They're widening the choice of foreign languages available.
2. ) intransitive to become wider:
His eyes widened in shocked disbelief.
The river widens and turns south after it leaves the valley.
a ) transitive to make something wider:
They're planning to widen the road outside our house.
╾ wid|en|ing adjective:
an ever-widening range of goods

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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