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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
expand (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to open up - unfold
2.
to increase the extent, number, volume, or scope of - enlarge
3.
a) to express at length or in greater detail
b) to write out in full - expand all abbreviations
intransitive verb
c) to subject to mathematical - expansion expand a function in a power series
1.
to open out - spread
2.
to increase in extent, number, volume, or scope
3.
to speak or write fully or in detail - expanded on the theme
4.
to feel generous or optimistic
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
expand (verb)
1.
to express more fully and in greater detail
SYNONIMS:
amplify, develop, dilate (on upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on upon), flesh (out)
RELATED WORDS:
add (to), complement, supplement; discourse, expatiate, ramble, run on
NEAR ANTONYMS:
compress, contract; outline, summarize, sum up
abbreviate, abridge, condense, shorten
expand (verb)
2.
to make greater in size, amount, or number
SYNONIMS:
accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, up
RELATED WORDS:
boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce ( reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlay
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrench
abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)
expand (verb)
3.
to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area
SYNONIMS:
expand, extend, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, unfurl
RELATED WORDS:
overspread
NEAR ANTONYMS:
compact, compress, condense, reduce
close, contract, fold
expand (verb)
4.
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
SYNONIMS:
accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon ( bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax
RELATED WORDS:
jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peak
contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane
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