expand meaning

[ iks'pænd ] Pronunciation:   "expand" in a sentence
  • Verb: expand  ik'spand
    1. Extend in one or more directions
      "The dough expands"
      - spread out 
    2. Become larger in size or volume or quantity
      "his business expanded rapidly" 
    3. Make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
      "expand the house by adding another wing" 
    4. Grow vigorously
      - boom, thrive, flourish 
    5. Exaggerate or make bigger
      - inflate, blow up, amplify 
    6. Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
      - elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expound, dilate 
    7. Expand the influence of
      - extend

    Derived forms: expanded, expands, expanding

    See also: expansible, expansion, expansive

    Type of: alter, change, clarify, clear up, elucidate, enlarge, grow, increase, modify

    Antonym: contract

    Encyclopedia: Expand

  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj or no obj]


    to become greater in size, number or value; to make sth greater in size, number or value:

    an expanding range of products

    The company recently expanded its board from 11 to 15 members.

    Economists estimate that the economy expanded (by) three per cent last year.


    if a business expands or is expanded, new branches are opened, it makes more money, etc:

    Our business has expanded rapidly, from 16 to 30 stores in a year.

    The group wants to expand its presence in the Balkan region.

    ambitious plans to develop the business and expand into new markets

    We are expanding beyond our core markets.

    The company expanded aggressively through a series of acquisitions.

  • [Electronics]
    1. In communications, to increase the bandwidth of a signal, restoring it to normal bandwidth after it has been compressed.
    2. In communications, to increase the dynamic range of a signal.
    3. In computer operations, to restore a file to full or normal size after it has been compressed.
    4. To widen the scale of a meter.
    5. To widen (or magnify a portion of) the trace of an oscilloscope beam. Compare COMPRESS.


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  1. this factory expands to the riverside.
  2. the radius expands markedly at its lower end.
  3. big money expands the choices.
  4. they shouldn't have tried to expand overseas.
  5. the soil expands upon imbibing water.

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