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Synonyms for expand
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expand, spread out(verb)

    extend in one or more directions

    "The dough expands"

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, unfold, expound, spread, exposit, flourish, spread out, amplify, dissipate, lucubrate, blow up, scatter, thrive, fan out, string out, extend, inflate, expatiate, splay, open, flesh out, dilate, disperse, rotate, boom, enlarge, turn out, diffuse

    Antonyms:
    contract, abbreviate, shorten, reduce, foreshorten, abridge, cut, shrink

  2. expand(verb)

    become larger in size or volume or quantity

    "his business expanded rapidly"

    Synonyms:
    extend, exposit, enlarge, inflate, amplify, expatiate, dilate, thrive, flesh out, elaborate, boom, lucubrate, blow up, expound, spread out, flourish

    Antonyms:
    shorten, contract, foreshorten, shrink, abbreviate, cut, reduce, abridge

  3. expand(verb)

    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

    "expand the house by adding another wing"

    Synonyms:
    extend, exposit, enlarge, inflate, amplify, expatiate, dilate, thrive, flesh out, elaborate, boom, lucubrate, blow up, expound, spread out, flourish

    Antonyms:
    abridge, shrink, reduce, foreshorten, cut, abbreviate, shorten, contract

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

    grow vigorously

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

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, wave, fly high, expound, exposit, flourish, spread out, blast, amplify, lucubrate, blow up, thrive, din, extend, inflate, expatiate, nail, brandish, flesh out, dilate, thunder, boom, enlarge, prosper, boom out, smash

    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, contract, shrink, foreshorten, cut, reduce, abridge, shorten

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

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

    Synonyms:
    balloon, go ballistic, lucubrate, expatiate, puff out, exposit, detonate, have kittens, flip one's wig, embroider, puff up, expound, flesh out, inflate, puff, hit the roof, explode, throw a fit, boom, extend, combust, spread out, flip one's lid, magnify, dilate, amplify, pad, embellish, lard, fly off the handle, set off, lose one's temper, overstate, enlarge, billow, blow a fuse, hit the ceiling, blow up, flourish, exaggerate, aggrandise, have a fit, dramatise, elaborate, thrive, aggrandize, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, dramatize, blow one's stack

    Antonyms:
    contract, abbreviate, cut, foreshorten, shrink, abridge, reduce, shorten

  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"

    Synonyms:
    work out, refine, fat, expound, fatten, exposit, dilate, fill out, spread out, extend, amplify, blow up, rarify, lucubrate, set forth, fatten up, thrive, elaborate, magnify, plump, expatiate, inflate, fatten out, flesh out, complicate, plump out, boom, enlarge, flourish, distend, round

    Antonyms:
    shorten, shrink, abridge, contract, abbreviate, cut, reduce, foreshorten

  7. extend, expand(verb)

    expand the influence of

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

    Synonyms:
    lucubrate, expatiate, gallop, exposit, widen, run, lead, continue, expound, flesh out, inflate, elaborate, poke out, boom, extend, stretch out, draw out, offer, put out, dilate, carry, spread out, go, stretch, protract, stretch forth, pass, enlarge, blow up, reach out, unfold, exsert, thrive, flourish, cover, prolong, strain, hold out, amplify, broaden

    Antonyms:
    contract, foreshorten, abbreviate, shrink, reduce, cut, shorten, abridge

Wiktionary

  1. expand(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    enlarge

    Antonyms:
    contract

  2. expand(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    spread, unfold, spread out

    Antonyms:
    contract

  3. expand(verb)

    To speak or write at length or in detail.

    He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!

    Synonyms:
    elaborate

  4. expand(verb)

    The expression \uE000107936 expands to \uE000107937.

    Antonyms:
    factor

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. expand

    Amplify is now rarely used in the sense of increase, to add material substance, bulk, volume, or the like; it is now almost wholly applied to discourse or writing, signifying to make fuller in statement, whether with or without adding matter of importance, as by stating fully what was before only implied, or by adding illustrations to make the meaning more readily apprehended, etc. The chief difficulty of very young writers is to amplify, to get beyond the bare curt statement by developing, expanding, unfolding the thought. The chief difficulty of those who have more material and experience is to condense sufficiently. So, in the early days of our literature amplify was used in the favorable sense; but at present this word and most kindred words are coming to share the derogatory meaning that has long attached to expatiate. We may develop a thought, expand an illustration, extend a discussion, expatiate on a hobby, dilate on something joyous or sad, enlarge a volume, unfold a scheme, widen the range of treatment.

    Synonyms:
    amplify, augment, develop, dilate, enlarge, expatiate, extend, increase, unfold, widen

    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, amputate, boil down, condense, curtail, cut down, epitomize, reduce, retrench, sum up, summarize

    Preposition:
    To amplify on or upon the subject is needless. Amplify this matter by illustrations.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. expand

    Synonyms:
    swell, dilate, spread, extend, open, diffuse, develop, unfold, enlarge, amplify

    Antonyms:
    contract, curtail, attenuate, restrict, condense

Editors Contribution

  1. make bigger

    Submitted by anonymous on December 18, 2019  
  2. make grow

    to make grow

    she helped expand the hope in people's hearts through her kindness.

    Submitted by acronimous on April 4, 2017  
  3. make larger

    to increase in size or volume

    "the balloon expanded when she blew it up.

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. expand(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    spread, open, unfold, evolve, lay open, spread out

  2. expand(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    dilate, distend, swell, fill out, blow up

  3. expand(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    extend, enlarge, increase, diffuse

  4. expand(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    open, be unfolded, be spread out

  5. expand(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    dilate, be distended, increase in bulk

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. expand(v)

    Synonyms:
    dilate, distend, enlarge

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How to use expand in a sentence?

  1. Andy Tian:

    Google needs to be in China, period, once in China, they can expand into other services. They need a beachhead, and the beachhead is Google Play.

  2. Corey Price:

    As an online brand, Dani Daniels and Asa Akira’ve been limited to interacting with Dani Daniels and Asa Akira fans on the site and through social media, as Dani Daniels and Asa Akira continue to increase brand awareness, and expand into new verticals, like retail, Dani Daniels and Asa Akira are looking for new ways to interact with Dani Daniels and Asa Akira fans.

  3. Roseanne Barr:

    That didn't hurt me as bad as knowing every story came from my own life and now they'll continue those stories and they won't necessarily be the way I intended when I laid them out. To change my work too is pretty painful. I can't do anything about it. I can only expand on what I meant.

  4. Joseph Votel:

    Votel told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge. The intent is to create a situation where NATO can't continue to thrive. Votel said he did not have unique insights into Russian President Vladimir Putin but he believes Putin sees the expansion of NATO ...as a threat to him and I think what they (Moscow) are attempting to do is create these frozen conflicts and create situations that are very, very difficult to resolve along their border. That does, could pose an existential threat, Votel added. He also said Russia is using a hybrid approach to warfare where state and non-state actors are mixing military and non-military capabilities. The result is a coercive effect...using information operations, using manipulation of media , using social media. Since January, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia – three traditional U.S. allies - have completed significant nuclear energy deals with Russia. Asked if this is evidence of Putin's effort to further expand Russia’s reach, and the seeds of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, Votel replied it was proof of Moscow's push to challenge the U.S. and expand its influence. Votel said SOCOM is assisting those countries that want to resist Russian influence. We work with partners to help develop their capabilities, we help our embassies with some of their messaging activities that they are doing out there to make sure that truthful information is getting out to populations. We use our civil affairs capability to help connect governments to their populations and strengthen those relationships. In doing that, (we) reduce those vulnerabilities of populations who may be vulnerable to this type of pressure they get from outside countries . Asked about Al Qaeda, Votel said the terror group was diminished in east Africa, Syria and Yemen, but the lesson of the last decade is that the U.S. and its allies must maintain pressure or the groups will reinvent and reconstitute. The leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is believed to be in Pakistan, and has been noticeably silent on the June drone strike that killed the organization's number two , Naser al Wuhayishi, who also was the leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. To me it is a good sign it’s an indication that we have been very effective at isolating him so that is kind of my initial reaction.

  5. Lee Jae-yun:

    Any absence could affect Samsung from taking on major deals to jump ahead of the competition in fields it is trying to expand in, perhaps buying a struggling competitor in contract chip manufacturing, for example.


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
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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