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ex·pand  (ĭk-spănd′)
v. ex·pand·ed, ex·pand·ing, ex·pands
v.tr.
1. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
2. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
3. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
4. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.
v.intr.
1. To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope: Air expands when heated. This critic's influence is expanding.
2. To speak or write at length or in detail: expand on a favorite topic.
3. To open up or out; unfold: The chair expands to form a day bed.
4. To feel expansive.

[Middle English expanden, to spread out, from Latin expandere : ex-, ex- + pandere, to spread; see petə- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·pand′a·ble adj.
ex·pand′er n.

expand (ɪkˈspænd)
vb
1. to make or become greater in extent, volume, size, or scope; increase
2. to spread out or be spread out; unfold; stretch out
3. (often foll by: on) to enlarge or expatiate on (a story, topic, etc) in detail
4. (intr) to become increasingly relaxed, friendly, or talkative
5. (Mathematics) maths to express (a function or expression) as the sum or product of terms
[C15: from Latin expandere to spread out, from pandere to spread, extend]
exˈpandable adj
ex•pand (ɪkˈspænd)

v.t.
1. to increase in extent, size, scope, or volume.
2. to stretch out; spread.
3. to express in fuller form or greater detail; develop: to expand a story into a novel.
4.
a. to write (a mathematical expression) so as to show the products of its factors.
b. to rewrite (a mathematical expression) as a sum, product, etc., of terms of a particular kind: to expand a function in a power series.
v.i.
5. to increase in extent, size, scope, or volume.
6. to spread out; unfold.
7. to express something more fully (usu. fol. by on or upon).
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin expandere to spread out =ex- ex-1 + pandere to spread, extend]
ex•pand′a•ble, ex•pand′i•ble, adj.
ex•pand`a•bil′i•ty, ex•pand`i•bil′i•ty, n.
ex•pand′er, n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Verb1.expand - extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands"
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
dispread - spread abroad or out; "The sun dispread its beams"
bush out - grow outward; "the plant quickly bushed out"
shrink, contract - become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
2.expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
balloon, billow, inflate - become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
3.expand - make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"
enlarge - make larger; "She enlarged the flower beds"
develop - expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the following form"
inflate, blow up - fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
4.expand - grow vigorously; "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"
revive - be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; "Interest in ESP revived"
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
luxuriate - thrive profusely or flourish extensively
5.expand - exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
puff up - make larger or distend; "The estimates were puffed up"
6.expand - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
detail - provide details for
exposit, set forth, expound - state; "set forth one's reasons"
illustrate, instance, exemplify - clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify - be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
abbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
7.expand - expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
extend, broaden, widen - extend in scope or range or area; "The law was extended to all citizens"; "widen the range of applications"; "broaden your horizon"; "Extend your backyard"

expand
verb
1. get bigger, increase, grow, extend, swell, widen, blow up, wax, heighten, enlarge, multiply, inflate, thicken, fill out, lengthen, fatten, dilate, become bigger, puff up, become larger, distend Water expands as it freezes.
get bigger contract, shrink, decrease
2. make bigger, increase, develop, extend, widen, blow up, heighten, enlarge, multiply, broaden, inflate, thicken, fill out, lengthen, magnify, amplify, augment, dilate, make larger, distend, bloat, protract We can expand the size of the image.
make bigger reduce, decrease, shorten, condense
3. spread (out), open (out), stretch (out), unfold, unravel, diffuse, unfurl, unroll, outspread The flowers fully expand at night.
expand on something go into detail about, embellish, elaborate on, develop, flesh out, expound on, enlarge on, expatiate on, add detail to He expanded on some remarks he made in his last speech.
Translations
expand [ɪksˈpænd]
A. VT
1. [+ market, operations, business] → ampliar; [+ metal] → dilatar; [+ number] → aumentar; [+ chest] → expandir; [+ wings] → abrir, desplegar; [+ influence, knowledge] → aumentar, ampliar
2. (= develop) [+ statement, notes] → ampliar
3. (= broaden) [+ experience, mind] → ampliar, extender; [+ horizons] → ampliar, ensanchar
B. VI
1. [gas, metal, lungs] → dilatarse; [market, operations, business] → ampliarse
to expand (up)on [+ notes, story] → ampliar, desarrollar
2. [person] (= relax) → distenderse

expand [ɪkˈspænd]
vt
(= make bigger) [+ area, size] → agrandir; [+ organization, company] → développer; [+ market] → développer
(= increase) [+ quantity, number] → accroître; [+ influence] → étendre
(= make more important) [+ role] → renforcer
vi
[population, production] → s'accroître
[trade, influence] → se développer, s'étendre
(= operate on a bigger scale) [company] → se développer
to expand on sth [+ notes, story, comments] → développer qch
[metal, gas] → se dilater; [universe] → s'étendre

expand
vt metal, gas, liquid, empire, chestausdehnen, expandieren; business, trade, productionerweitern, expandieren; knowledge, mind, algebraic formula, membershiperweitern; influence, experiencevergrößern; summary, notesweiter ausführen; ideasentwickeln
vi (solids, gases, liquids, universe)sich ausdehnen, expandieren; (business, trade, economy, empire)expandieren, wachsen; (volume of trade, exports, production)zunehmen, expandieren; (knowledge, experience, influence)zunehmen, wachsen; (fields of knowledge, study, mind)breiter werden; (horizons)sich erweitern; we want to expandwir wollen expandieren or (uns) vergrößern; the market is expandingder Markt wächst; we’ve expanded into the European marketwir sind in den europäischen Markt vorgedrungen; expanding watchstrapGliederarmband nt

expand [ɪksˈpænd]
1. vt (chest, muscles, economy) → sviluppare; (market, operations) → espandere; (business) → ingrandire; (statement, notes) → ampliare; (knowledge) → approfondire; (horizons) → allargare; (influence) → estendere
2. vi (see vt) → svilupparsi, espandersi, ingrandirsi; (gas) → espandersi; (metal, lungs) → dilatarsi
to expand on (notes, story) → ampliare

expand (ikˈspand) verb
to make or grow larger; to spread out wider. Metals expand when heated; He does exercises to expand his chest; The school's activities have been expanded to include climbing and mountaineering.
exˈpanse (-s) noun
a wide area or extent. an expanse of water.
exˈpansion (-ʃən) noun
the act or state of expanding. the expansion of metals.
expand
vt.  ensanchar, expandir, dilatar; expandirse.


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