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Meaning & Definition of Expand in English

English

Expand

/ɪkspænd/

verb

1. Extend in one or more directions

  • "The dough expands"
    synonym:
  • expand
  • ,
  • spread out

2. Become larger in size or volume or quantity

  • "His business expanded rapidly"
    synonym:
  • expand

3. Make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

  • "Expand the house by adding another wing"
    synonym:
  • expand

4. Grow vigorously

  • "The deer population in this town is thriving"
  • "Business is booming"
    synonym:
  • boom
  • ,
  • thrive
  • ,
  • flourish
  • ,
  • expand

5. Exaggerate or make bigger

  • "The charges were inflated"
    synonym:
  • inflate
  • ,
  • blow up
  • ,
  • expand
  • ,
  • amplify

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • elaborate
  • ,
  • lucubrate
  • ,
  • expatiate
  • ,
  • exposit
  • ,
  • enlarge
  • ,
  • flesh out
  • ,
  • expand
  • ,
  • expound
  • ,
  • dilate

7. Expand the influence of

  • "The king extended his rule to the eastern part of the continent"
    synonym:
  • extend
  • ,
  • expand

Examples of using

Is it necessary to expand human knowledge with space exploration?
Is it necessary to expand human knowledge with space exploration?