22/04/16 Are ‘BROAD’ and ‘WIDE’ synonyms?


Wide is used for the physical distance from one side of something to the other.
We live in a very wide street.
The car’s too wide for the garage.

Broad is used in this physical sense in a few common expressions like broad shoulders, and in descriptions of landscape in a formal style.
Across the broad valley, the mountains rose blue and mysterious.

But broad is mostly used in abstract expressions.
Some examples:
broad agreement (= agreement on most important points)
broad-minded (= tolerant)
broad daylight (= full, bright daylight)