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Dictionary Definition

expand

Verb

1 extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands" [syn: spread out] [ant: shrink]
2 become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"
3 make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"
4 grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: boom, prosper, thrive, get ahead, flourish]
5 exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn: inflate, blow up, amplify]
6 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" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]
7 expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent" [syn: extend]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Verb

  1. to change (something) from a smaller form to a larger one
    You can expand this compact umbrella to cover a large table.
  2. to increase the extent, number, volume, or scope of (something)
  3. to express (something) at length or in detail
  4. to rewrite (an expression) as an equivalent sum of terms
    Use the binomial theorem to expand ^4 to x^4 + 4x^3 + 6x^2 + 4x + 1
  5. to change from a smaller form to a larger one
    Many materials expand when heated.
    This compact umbrella expands to cover a large table.
  6. to increase in extent, number, volume, or scope
  7. to speak or write at length or in detail
  8. to feel generous or optimistic
  9. to be rewritten as an equivalent sum of terms
    ''The expression ^4 expands to x^4 + 4x^3 + 6x^2 + 4x + 1.

Translations

Transitive
to change from a smaller form to a larger one
to increase the extent, number, volume, or scope of'
to express at length or in detail
algebra: to rewrite as an equivalent sum of terms
Intransitive
to change from a smaller form to a larger one
to increase in extent, number, volume, or scope
to speak or write at length or in detail
to feel generous or optimistic
  • Russian: раскрываться, делаться откровеннее, становиться общительнее
algebra: to rewrite as an equivalent sum of terms

Extensive Definition

. Expansion may refer to:
  • In physics:
  • an expansion pack
  • (in real time strategy games like Starcraft) building a secondary base to gather more resources.
  • In mathematics:
expand in Danish: Ekspansion
expand in German: Expansion
expand in Esperanto: Ekspansio
expand in French: Expansion
expand in Dutch: Expansie
expand in Russian: Экспансия
expand in Slovak: Expanzia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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