V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to initiate a topic of conversation, often one that is uncomfortable

Synonyms: bring up, propose, raise, mention, introduce

Antonyms: suppress, ignore

Tips: Broach has a number of specialized meanings. For example, it can mean "to pierce or open up for the first time." It can also mean "to make or enlarge a hole in something." Note that broach should not be confused with its homonym brooch, which is a woman's jewelry pin.

Usage Examples:

He didn't know how to broach the subject of her parents' divorce. (bring up)

Although he was dreading it, he knew he would have to broach the matter of the impending layoffs. (raise, mention)

James broached the subject of a raise during his annual review. (brought up, raised)

Iím going to give this issue some more thought before I broach it with the board of directors. (raise, propose)

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