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Definitions of expand

  1. exaggerate or make bigger; " The charges were inflated"
  2. grow stronger; " The economy was booming"
  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"
  4. become larger in size or volume or quantity; " his business expanded rapidly"; " The bag will expand when pressure is lowered"
  5. expand the influence of; " The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
  6. make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; " expand the house by adding another wing"
  7. To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves.
  8. 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.
  9. To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.
  10. 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.
  11. To increase in size.
  12. To spread out: to open or lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface.
  13. To become opened: to enlarge.
  14. To open; spread out; dilate.
  15. To enlarge; swell; spread out.
  16. To open or spread out; to enlarge in length, surface, or bulk.
  17. To open out; to dilate; to enlarge.
  18. To open; to spread out or enlarge a surface; to extend; to dilate.
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Usage examples for expand

  1. Some said it was on account of his terrible language; others accounted for it in a more philosophical way, and said it was caused by the expansion of his scalp, as violent passion, we know, will swell the veins and expand the head. – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  2. Heat makes metals expand and makes springs less elastic. – Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan
  3. If necessary, re- heat and expand again. – A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas
  4. The lingering drop of wine that stained Mr. Vernon's cheek seemed to expand for a brief moment. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  5. They hastened to expand, both of them talking at once, with a fresh, eager interest. – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  6. Catharine gazed with joy upon the rushing river, and felt her own heart expand as she marked its rapid course as it bounded murmuring and fretting over its rocky bed. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  7. They have a little valve for the purpose of taking in air, with which to expand their float. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  8. As we expand mentally, disagreeable brain- impressions, that in former contracted states were eclipsed by greater ones, will be keenly felt, and dropped at once, for the mere relief thus obtained. – As a Matter of Course by Annie Payson Call
  9. The eyes expand as they do at the approach of danger; disgust is on the lips and the stomach at once rebells. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  10. He cannot expand without it. – The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns
  11. They were happy to have escaped this fame carrying all before it, and near which no other genius could expand. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  12. We can get into bottles- but we prefer to expand as you see. – The Giants From Outer Space by Geoff St. Reynard
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