To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).
To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
To speak or write at length or in detail.
He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!
The expression \uE000107936 expands to \uE000107937.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
To amplify on or upon the subject is needless. Amplify this matter by illustrations.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
expand, spread outverb
extend in one or more directions
"The dough expands"
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
become larger in size or volume or quantity
"his business expanded rapidly"
make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
"expand the house by adding another wing"
boom, thrive, flourish, expandverb
"The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"
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
inflate, blow up, expand, amplifyverb
exaggerate or make bigger
"The charges were inflated"
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
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"
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
expand the influence of
"The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
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
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How to use expand in a sentence?
(This) is a good thing. This is an opportunity for people who could not go abroad to enjoy the same scenery as that in foreign countries, and expand their visions to know more about foreign customs and practices.
It's difficult to expand when everyone is growing. In a situation when there are more opportunities left (as others have scaled back) and with current market volatility ... with higher risk, the trading companies that can manage risk are stepping in, it was not the original intention, but people say we're moving towards becoming a merchant trading house.
Because it is not that New York economy was closed down. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can get on a bus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can get on a train, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can buy food. But expand that list of essential services. And that phase, that evolution of the economic reactivation, is what we're talking about.
But we are going to continue to insist that, from our point of view, the status quo is unsustainable. And that while taking into complete account Israel's security, we can't just in perpetuity maintain the status quo, expand settlements. That's not a recipe for stability in the region.
I know this nation. We'll meet the test, protect freedom and liberty, expand fairness and opportunity. And we will save democracy, go get'em !
Translations for expand
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- излагам подробно, разширявам, развивам, увеличавам се, разширявам сеBulgarian
- sieventää, tarkentaa, laajentaa, laajentua, täsmentää, laventaaFinnish
- élaborer, agrandirFrench
- 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
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