[ US /ɪkˈspænd/ ]
[ UK /ɛkspˈænd/ ]
  1. become larger in size or volume or quantity
    his business expanded rapidly
  2. make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
    expand the house by adding another wing
  3. expand the influence of
    The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent
  4. 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
  5. exaggerate or make bigger
    The charges were inflated
  6. extend in one or more directions
    The dough expands
  7. grow vigorously
    business is booming
    The deer population in this town is thriving
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How To Use expand In A Sentence

  • Lobefins today have dwindled to the lungfishes and the coelacanths ‘dwindled’ as ‘fish’, that is, but mightily expanded on land: we land vertebrates are aberrant lungfish. THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
  • Spending on a perennial effort to expand gambling at race tracks, known as "racino," increased four-fold to about $620,000 in 2010. StarTribune.com rss feed
  • The second version occurs as Corollary 2 to Proposition 7 and was thought of as a method of expanding solutions of fluxional equations in infinite series.
  • He expanded this idea to the propose the ‘deep, hot biosphere’ which both generates methane and adds biogenic signatures to inorganic petroleum, and that part, at least, is looking more correct every year.
  • The curriculum expands to include hydraulics, basic pneumatics, electronics, and statistical process control.
  • This would help expand Moby's loyalties and prevent him from becoming too dependent on his main daytime companion.
  • The human population in the region is expanding in inverse proportion to the wildlife.
  • At this stage of the Big Bang, the tiny expanding Universe is filled with radiation creating pairs of particles and antiparticles, and pairs of particles and antiparticles annihilating back into radiation.
  • But this volume considerably expands our understanding by widening the regional sphere of comparison and by taking on board issues of secrecy, cultural heritage and museology.
  • It also has ambitions to broaden its product range and expand geographically. Times, Sunday Times
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