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verb (v)

  • extend in one or more directions (verb.motion)
    Synonym: spread out
    Antonym: contract, shrink
    The dough expands.
    source: wordnet30
  • become larger in size or volume or quantity (verb.change)
    His business expanded rapidly.
    source: wordnet30
  • make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity (verb.change)
    Expand the house by adding another wing.
    source: wordnet30
  • grow vigorously (verb.change)
    Synonym: boom, flourish, thrive
    source: wordnet30
  • exaggerate or make bigger (verb.change)
    Synonym: amplify, blow up, inflate
    source: wordnet30
  • add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • expand the influence of (verb.change)
    Synonym: extend
    source: wordnet30
  • To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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