expand

The verb expand means to make something bigger or wider. It might refer to something concrete, as when you blow into a balloon and make it expand, or something more abstract, as when you study to expand your mind.

Expand is a combination of the Latin words ex-, meaning "out," and pandere, "to spread." The idea of spreading out was always there, though the current idea of something actually becoming larger was first recorded in the mid-17th century. Expand is a versatile word that can refer to anything getting bigger, from a nation's growing influence in a neighboring country to a waistline that needs a larger belt.

Definitions of expand
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v extend in one or more directions

“The dough expands
Synonyms:
spread out
Antonyms:
contract, shrink
become smaller or draw together
Types:
dispread
spread abroad or out
bush out
grow outward
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v become larger in size or volume or quantity

“his business expanded rapidly”
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balloon, billow, inflate
become inflated
intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce
expand abnormally
reflate
become inflated again
distend
swell from or as if from internal pressure
belly, belly out
swell out or bulge out
blow up, puff, puff out, puff up
to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"
bloat
become bloated or swollen or puff up
blister, vesicate
get blistered
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

expand the house by adding another wing”
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develop
expand in the form of a series
blow up, inflate
fill with gas or air
reflate
inflate again
billow, heave, surge
rise and move, as in waves or billows
Type of:
enlarge
make larger

v exaggerate or make bigger

Synonyms:
amplify, blow up, inflate
Types:
puff up
make larger or distend
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v grow vigorously

Synonyms:
boom, flourish, thrive
Types:
revive
be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
luxuriate
thrive profusely or flourish extensively
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Synonyms:
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
Antonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
cut, edit, edit out
cut and assemble the components of
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detail
provide details for
exposit, expound, set forth
state
exemplify, illustrate, instance
clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
be specific about
depict, describe, draw
give a description of
premise
set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
spell out
make explicit; specify in detail
Type of:
clarify, clear up, elucidate
make clear and (more) comprehensible

v expand the influence of

Synonyms:
extend
broaden, extend, widen
extend in scope or range or area
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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