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Definitions of expand

  1. exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. grow stronger; "The economy was booming" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"; "The bag will expand when pressure is lowered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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 contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To spread or stretch out; unfold; dilate; extend. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To increase in size. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To spread out: to open or lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To become opened: to enlarge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To open; spread out; dilate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To enlarge; swell; spread out. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To open or spread out; to enlarge in length, surface, or bulk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To open out; to dilate; to enlarge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To open; to spread out or enlarge a surface; to extend; to dilate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. eks-pand', v.t. to spread out: to lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface: to develop, or bring out in fuller detail.--v.i. to become opened: to enlarge.--ns. EXPANSE', a wide extent of space: the firmament; EXPANSIBIL'ITY.--adj. EXPANS'IBLE, capable of being expanded.--adv. EXPANS'IBLY.--adj. EXPANS'ILE, capable of expansion.--n. EXPAN'SION, act of expanding: state of being expanded: enlargement: that which is expanded: immensity: extension.--adj. EXPANS'IVE, widely extended: diffusive.--adv. EXPANS'IVELY.--ns. EXPANS'IVENESS; EXPANSIV'ITY. [L. expand[)e]re--ex, out, pand[)e]re, pansum, to spread.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Spread out flat (t. & i.); expound, write out, in full (what is condensed or abbreviated, algebraical expression, &c.); develop (t. & i.) into; swell, dilate, increase in bulk, (t. & i.). So expansibility n., expansible a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. To spread, to lay open as a net or sheet; to dilate, to spread out every way. Complete Dictionary

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