her smile broadened

widen, expand, stretch (out), spread

the government tried to broaden its political base

expand, enlarge, extend, widen, swell, increase, add to, develop
narrow, restrict

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  • broaden — 1727, from BROAD (Cf. broad) (adj.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). The word seems no older than this date (discovered by Johnson in one of Thomson s season poems); broadened also is first found in the same poet, and pp. adj. broadening is recorded from 1850 …   Etymology dictionary

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