What does expand mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expand, spread outverb

    extend in one or more directions

    "The dough expands"

  2. expandverb

    become larger in size or volume or quantity

    "his business expanded rapidly"

  3. expandverb

    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

    "expand the house by adding another wing"

  4. boom, thrive, flourish, expandverb

    grow vigorously

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

  5. inflate, blow up, expand, amplifyverb

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

  6. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilateverb

    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, expandverb

    expand the influence of

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


  1. expandverb

    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.

  2. expandverb

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

  3. expandverb

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

  4. expandverb

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

    Use the binomial theorem to expand uE000107934uE001 to uE000107935uE001

  5. expandverb

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

  6. expandverb

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

  7. expandverb

    To speak or write at length or in detail.

    He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!

  8. expandverb

    To feel generous or optimistic.

  9. expandverb

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

    The expression uE000107936uE001 expands to uE000107937uE001.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expandverb

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

  2. Expandverb

    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

  3. Expandverb

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

  4. Expandverb

    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

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


  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.]

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  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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  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. Jin Feng:

    This is part of our social responsibility and if we only considered the economics we wouldn't have done it, the local market (for CO2) is limited so we have no plans to expand.

  2. Government Outreach Director Katie Harbath:

    We won’t always get it right. We know we’ll miss some ads and in other cases we’ll identify some we shouldn’t. We’ll keep working on the process and improve as we go, in the coming months we’ll expand our ad transparency features to other countries and work with international partners to determine what issues to include for each country. We know that outside experts, researchers, and academics can also help by analyzing political advertising on Facebook.

  3. Simon Applebaum:

    For example a network like Bravo or Discovery, they sort of see scripted as a natural way to expand their brand, they are also trying to take advantage of the fact that scripted is white hot. Everybody wants to do it. There are so many ways to do it now. There are so many people that want to get in and do scripted television. The rise of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon has really raised the creative bar about what people can do.

  4. Matt Gorman:

    We’re going to expand the map into Trump country.

  5. Jonathan Silver:

    It could potentially be quite serious because if a company has to provide cash (to top up collateral), it will affect liquidity, and if it has to pledge more assets, that lessens your ability to borrow more money, it will potentially limit their ability to expand.

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Translations for expand

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  • излагам подробно, разширявам, развивам, увеличавам се, разширявам сеBulgarian
  • expandierenGerman
  • ampliarSpanish
  • sieventää, tarkentaa, laajentaa, laajentua, täsmentää, laventaaFinnish
  • élaborer, agrandirFrench
  • פיתחHebrew
  • tautorotoroMāori
  • ontbinden in factoren, uitdijen, vermeerderen, zich uitbreiden, uitplooien, uitbreiden, toenemen, uitwerken, opentrekken, uitzetten, elaboreren, openzetten, vergroten, factoriserenDutch
  • utdype, bli større, greie ut (om), ekspandere, faktorisere, vokse, utvideNorwegian
  • expanda, factoriza, mări, creșteRomanian
  • расширять, раскрываться, растягивать, раскрывать скобки, становиться общительнее, расширяться, делаться откровеннее, растягиватьсяRussian
  • växa, faktorisera, utveckla, vidga, utvidga, expandera, utbreda, öppnaSwedish
  • விரிவாக்குTamil
  • విస్తరించండిTelugu
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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