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widen

US [ˈwaɪd(ə)n]
UK ['waɪd(ə)n]
  • v.拓宽;加宽;放宽;(使)变宽
  • Web扩展;扩大;使变宽
Simple Present:widens  Present Participle:widening  Past Tense:widened  
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v.
1.
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(使)变宽;加宽;拓宽;放宽to become wider; to make sth wider
Her eyes widened in surprise.
她惊讶地睁大了眼睛。
Here the stream widens into a river.
溪水在这里变宽,成了一条河。
They may have to widen the road to cope with the increase in traffic.
他们可能得拓宽这条道路以适应车辆的增多。
2.
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(使)扩展,程度加深,范围扩大to become larger in degree or range; to make sth larger in degree or range
the widening gap between rich and poor
贫富之间日益扩大的差距
We plan to widen the scope of our existing activities by offering more language courses.
我们计划通过开设更多的语言课程以扩大我们现有的活动范围。
The legislation will be widened to include all firearms.
这项法规的范围将扩大到包括所有的枪支。

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