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Widen


WIDEN, verb transitive To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach. [Note.--In America, females say, to widen a stocking.]

WIDEN, verb intransitive To grow wide or wider; to enlarge; to extend itself.

And arches widen and long aisles extend.