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Definition of "expand" []

  • To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase. (verb-transitive)
  • To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward. (verb-transitive)
  • To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off. (verb-transitive)
  • Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form. (verb-transitive)
  • To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope: Air expands when heated. This critic's influence is expanding. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "expand" in a sentence
  • "Note that '$top' doesn't account for entities you expand using '$expand', so be careful with what you expand if you're using it."
  • ""One reason behind the rush to expand is to snap up prime commercial locations, which are a limited resource in any city," said Pei Liang, general sectary of CCFA."
  • "The area around the center is pretty much packed unless they're gonna expand from the backend of the building."