expand

Definitions:

  • To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: <i>synonym</i>: <strong> increase</strong>.
  • To express at length or in detail; enlarge on.
  • To open (something) up or out; spread out.
  • To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.
  • To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope.
  • To speak or write at length or in detail.
  • To open up or out; unfold.
  • To spread or stretch out; unfold; display.
  • To increase in extent, size, bulk, or amount; inflate; distend; extend: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="expand">expand</internalXref> the chest by inspiration; heat <em>expands</em> all bodies.
  • Hence To make broader in scope or more comprehensive: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="expand">expand</internalXref> the heart or affections, or the sphere of benevolence.
  • To swell, blow up, fill, fill out, increase.
  • To open out; become unfolded, spread out, or displayed.
  • To increase in extent, size, bulk, amount, etc.; become dilated, distended, or enlarged.
  • In <em>zoology</em>, to spread over a certain space: used in stating the distance from tip to tip of outspread wings—in the case of insects, of anterior wings.
  • To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged
  • To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse.
  • To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; -- opposed to <ant>contract</ant>
  • To state in enlarged form; to develop. See <er>Expansion</er>, 5.
  • To <xref>change</xref> (something) from a <xref>smaller</xref> <xref>form</xref> and/or <xref>size</xref> to a <xref>larger</xref> one.
  • To <xref>increase</xref> the <xref>extent</xref>, <xref>number</xref>, <xref>volume</xref> or <xref>scope</xref> of (something).
  • To express (something) at <xref>length</xref> and/or in <xref>detail</xref>.
  • (algebra) To <xref>rewrite</xref> (an expression) as a longer, yet <xref>equivalent</xref> sum of terms.
  • To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
  • To (be) <xref>increase</xref>(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.
  • To <xref>speak</xref> or <xref>write</xref> <xref>at length</xref> or <xref>in detail</xref>.
  • To feel <xref>generous</xref> or <xref>optimistic</xref>.
  • To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
  • make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
  • exaggerate or make bigger
  • expand the influence of
  • grow vigorously
  • become larger in size or volume or quantity
  • extend in one or more directions
  • add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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