Definition of EXPAND

to express more fully and in greater detail <an article on the First Ladies that the author later expanded into a book>
Synonyms amplify, develop, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)
to make greater in size, amount, or number <we had to expand the list of wedding guests several times in order to accommodate all the relatives Mother wouldn't dream of excluding>
to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area <a spare leaf for those times when we have to expand the dining table to accommodate extra guests>
Synonyms expand, extend, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, unfurl
Related Words overspread
Near Antonyms compact, compress, condense, reduce
Antonyms close, contract, fold
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number <water expands when it becomes frozen>

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