Expand - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspænd|  American pronunciation of the word expand
Brit.  |ɪkˈspand|  British pronunciation of the word expand


- extend in one or more directions
- become larger in size or volume or quantity
- make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
- grow vigorously (syn: boom, flourish, thrive)
- exaggerate or make bigger (syn: amplify, inflate)
- add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing (syn: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expatiate, exposit, expound, lucubrate)
- expand the influence of (syn: extend)


The liquid expands and contracts with changes in temperature.

His business has expanded to serve the entire state.

The coffee shop may expand into a full restaurant.

He has expanded his business to serve the entire state.

There are plans to expand the airport.

The police have decided to expand their investigation.

She plans to expand the lecture series into a book.

Expand the abbreviation “deg.” to “degree.”

When air is warmed it expands and becomes lighter.

The object of this gymnastic exercise is to expand the chest.

Where oak expands her arms.

Our trade with China is steadily expanding.

The director plans to expand the firm into an international company.

I'm quite satisfied with your explanation, so there's no need to expand on it.

Water expands as it freezes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: expand
he/she/it: expands
present participle: expanding
past tense: expanded
past participle: expanded
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