expand


expand

verb

Definition of EXPAND

1
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)
2
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>
3
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
4
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number <water expands when it becomes frozen>

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