What does expand mean?

Definitions for expand
ɪkˈspændex·pand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expand, spread out(verb)

    extend in one or more directions

    "The dough expands"

  2. expand(verb)

    become larger in size or volume or quantity

    "his business expanded rapidly"

  3. expand(verb)

    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

    "expand the house by adding another wing"

  4. boom, thrive, flourish, expand(verb)

    grow vigorously

    "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"

  5. inflate, blow up, expand, amplify(verb)

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

  6. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate(verb)

    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"

  7. extend, expand(verb)

    expand the influence of

    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

Wiktionary

  1. expand(Verb)

    To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one.

    You can expand this compact umbrella to cover a large table.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  2. expand(Verb)

    To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  3. expand(Verb)

    To express (something) at length and/or in detail.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  4. expand(Verb)

    To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    Use the binomial theorem to expand uE000107934uE001 to uE000107935uE001

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  5. expand(Verb)

    To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  6. expand(Verb)

    To (be) increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  7. expand(Verb)

    To speak or write at length or in detail.

    He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  8. expand(Verb)

    To feel generous or optimistic.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  9. expand(Verb)

    To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    The expression uE000107936uE001 expands to uE000107937uE001.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expand(verb)

    to lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  2. Expand(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  3. Expand(verb)

    to state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  4. Expand(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

Freebase

  1. Expand

    expand is a program that converts tab characters into groups of space characters. It is available in Unix operating systems and many Unix-like operating systems. For example: Here the echo command prints a string of text that includes a tab character, then the output is directed into the expand command. The resulting output is then displayed in hexadecimal and as characters by the xxd dump command. At the second prompt, the same echo output is sent directly to the xxd command. As can be seen by comparing the two, the expand program converts the tab into spaces.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expand

    eks-pand′, v.t. to spread out: to lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface: to develop, or bring out in fuller detail.—v.i. to become opened: to enlarge.—ns. Expanse′, a wide extent of space: the firmament; Expansibil′ity.—adj. Expans′ible, capable of being expanded.—adv. Expans′ibly.—adj. Expans′ile, capable of expansion.—n. Expan′sion, act of expanding: state of being expanded: enlargement: that which is expanded: immensity: extension.—adj. Expans′ive, widely extended: diffusive.—adv. Expans′ively.—ns. Expans′iveness; Expansiv′ity. [L. expandĕreex, out, pandĕre, pansum, to spread.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4651

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expand' in Verbs Frequency: #459

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expand in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of expand in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule.

  2. Julia Fitzgerald:

    We found that once our franchisees have our curriculum on an iPad, they can take those tablets and go anywhere with a wireless signal, instead of having a large brick-and-mortar location, they can use a YMCA or community center to deliver classes at a satellite location. It’s a way for franchisees to expand their footprint without investing in expensive [real estate].

  3. Jacinda Ardern:

    Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats.

  4. Scott Gottlieb:

    The FDA re-starting high risk food inspections as early as tomorrow. The FDA'll also do compounding inspections this week. And The FDA started sampling high risk imported produce in the northeast region today. The FDA'll expand The FDA footprint as the week progresses. The FDA teams are working.

  5. Amber Heard:

    They pointed to no other working romantic lead, no other actress, that was out, i didn’t come out. I was never in. It’s limiting, that LGBTQ thing. It served a function as an umbrella for marginalized people to whom rights were being denied, but it loses its efficacy because of the nuanced nature of humanity. As we become more educated and expand the facts of our nature, we keep adding letters. It was a great shield, but now we’re stuck behind it. It’s so important to resist labels. I don’t care how many letters you add. At some point, it’s going to spell ‘WE ARE HUMAN.’.

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Translations for expand

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  • разширявам се, разширявам, излагам подробно, развивам, увеличавам сеBulgarian
  • expandierenGerman
  • ampliarSpanish
  • sieventää, laventaa, tarkentaa, laajentaa, täsmentää, laajentuaFinnish
  • élaborer, agrandirFrench
  • פיתחHebrew
  • tautorotoroMāori
  • factoriseren, openzetten, elaboreren, opentrekken, uitwerken, uitplooien, ontbinden in factoren, uitdijen, uitbreiden, zich uitbreiden, vermeerderen, toenemen, uitzetten, vergrotenDutch
  • utvide, vokse, ekspandere, faktorisere, bli større, utdype, greie ut (om)Norwegian
  • factoriza, mări, crește, expandaRomanian
  • растягиваться, расширяться, растягивать, раскрываться, расширять, делаться откровеннее, раскрывать скобки, становиться общительнееRussian
  • faktorisera, utveckla, vidga, växa, utvidga, expandera, utbreda, öppnaSwedish
  • விரிவாக்குTamil
  • విస్తరించండిTelugu
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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