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extend, swell, enlarge; spread out: It will expand its wings and fly away.
Not to be confused with:
expend – use up: expend energy; pay out; disburse; consume, empty
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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 daybed.

[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.
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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
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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.
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Past participle: expanded
Gerund: expanding

Imperative
expand
expand
Present
I expand
you expand
he/she/it expands
we expand
you expand
they expand
Preterite
I expanded
you expanded
he/she/it expanded
we expanded
you expanded
they expanded
Present Continuous
I am expanding
you are expanding
he/she/it is expanding
we are expanding
you are expanding
they are expanding
Present Perfect
I have expanded
you have expanded
he/she/it has expanded
we have expanded
you have expanded
they have expanded
Past Continuous
I was expanding
you were expanding
he/she/it was expanding
we were expanding
you were expanding
they were expanding
Past Perfect
I had expanded
you had expanded
he/she/it had expanded
we had expanded
you had expanded
they had expanded
Future
I will expand
you will expand
he/she/it will expand
we will expand
you will expand
they will expand
Future Perfect
I will have expanded
you will have expanded
he/she/it will have expanded
we will have expanded
you will have expanded
they will have expanded
Future Continuous
I will be expanding
you will be expanding
he/she/it will be expanding
we will be expanding
you will be expanding
they will be expanding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expanding
you have been expanding
he/she/it has been expanding
we have been expanding
you have been expanding
they have been expanding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expanding
you will have been expanding
he/she/it will have been expanding
we will have been expanding
you will have been expanding
they will have been expanding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expanding
you had been expanding
he/she/it had been expanding
we had been expanding
you had been expanding
they had been expanding
Conditional
I would expand
you would expand
he/she/it would expand
we would expand
you would expand
they would expand
Past Conditional
I would have expanded
you would have expanded
he/she/it would have expanded
we would have expanded
you would have expanded
they would have expanded
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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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.
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expand

verb
2. To make or become more comprehensive or inclusive:
3. To express at greater length or in greater detail:
4. To move or arrange so as to cover a larger area:
extend, fan (out), open (out or up), outstretch, spread, stretch, unfold, unroll.
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Translations
يُوَسِّع، يُمَدِّد
ekspandereudvikle
laajentaalaajentualaventaasieventäätarkentaa
òenja út; stækka
išsiplėtimasplatybėspraplėsti
attīstītizplestizplestiesizvērstpaplašināt
faktorisere
širitiširiti se
faktoriserafaktoriserasutveckla
genişle mek

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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expand

vt. ensanchar, expandir, dilatar; expandirse.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

expand

vt, vi expandir(se)
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References in classic literature ?
"Down there," he said, "is Rosa, watching like myself, and waiting from minute to minute; down there, under Rosa's eyes, is the mysterious flower, which lives, which expands, which opens, perhaps Rosa holds in this moment the stem of the tulip between her delicate fingers.
Besides, I wish such persons to observe that the grand artery and the arterial vein are of much harder and firmer texture than the venous artery and the hollow vein; and that the two last expand before entering the heart, and there form, as it were, two pouches denominated the auricles of the heart, which are composed of a substance similar to that of the heart itself; and that there is always more warmth in the heart than in any other part of the body- and finally, that this heat is capable of causing any drop of blood that passes into the cavities rapidly to expand and dilate, just as all liquors do when allowed to fall drop by drop into a highly heated vessel.
This struck the Unworthy Man on the head and set him rubbing that bruised organ vigorously with one hand while vainly attempting to expand an umbrella with the other.
To expand in wordy thanks would be like saying, "I am honest." But Will had come to perceive that his defects--defects which Mr.
Regarding the Sperm whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins, whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
A shiny silk hat and a pair of worn gloves lying ready on the end of a long table looked expanded too, enormous.
What is the odds so long as the spirit is expanded by means of rosy wine, and the present moment is the least happiest of our existence!'
He may bubble with wit, or expand with good fellowship.
The gases of the powder, expanded by heat, forced back the atmospheric strata with tremendous violence, and this artificial hurricane rushed like a water-spout through the air.
Know, monseigneur, that in all that relates to my intimate feelings I render account only to God and to my conscience," she concluded, laying her hand on her beautiful, fully expanded bosom and looking up to heaven.
The man was upon one knee, his back in the angle of the wall, his shoulders elevated to the level of his ears, his hands before his face, palms outward, the fingers spread and crooked like claws; the white face turned upward on the retracted neck had an expression of unutterable fright, the mouth half open, the eyes incredibly expanded. He was stone dead.
The girlhood of which she had been cheated seemed to come back to her with the ripeness of womanhood; she expanded like a flower of flame and perfume; no laugh was readier than hers, no wit quicker, in the twilight circles of that enchanted summer.