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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. Jim Antos:

    Can HKMA regulate an institution the size of HSBC? They would have to hire in more staff, expand the scope of their coverage and communicate more with other regulators.

  2. Adam Mosseri:

    The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election. In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump. FACEBOOK's' FAKE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA REVAMP, EXPERTS SAY Facebook’s Trending Topics section also fell prey to some high-profile fake stories after the social network implemented an algorithmic feed this summer. These included a false article that Fox News had fired anchor Megyn Kelly and a hoax article about the Sept. 11 attacks. On another occasion a seemingly innocent hashtag that appeared in Trending Topics linked to an inappropriate video. The social network announced Thursday that it will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network. Five fact-checking and news organizations are working with the company on this : The Associated Press, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes. Facebook says this group is likely to expand. FACEBOOK BLOCKS CAR INSURER FROM PROFILING USERS In his blog post, Adam Mosseri explained that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as a fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to a corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed, he added. While users will still be able to share these stories, they will receive a warning that the story has been disputed. Additionally, once a story is flagged, it can not be made into an ad and promoted, according to Facebook. The Menlo Park, California-based firm will also be looking for signs that a story has misled people in some way, such as instances where people are significantly less likely to share a story after reading it. FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES FUME AFTER PUSH TO CENSOR TRUMP POSTS REBUFFED Facebook, which gave a preview of its anti-fake news strategy last month, is also looking to disrupt financial incentives for spammers. On the buying side we’ve eliminated the ability to spoof domains, which will reduce the prevalence of sites that pretend to be real publications.

  3. Christopher Ford:

    Russia is projected to expand its number of non-strategic weapons considerably over the next decade.

  4. Ady Barkan:

    My observation is that your political philosophical approach to a system failure is generally not to expand the size of the public sector, but to instead heavily regulate private sector actors and beat down their greed, was that the source of your initial hesitation on the question of getting rid of private insurance, or was it something else ?

  5. Robert Dunham:

    All of the states that have been carrying out executions have some form of secrecy... the states initially said that this is necessary for them to obtain the drugs because drug manufacturers were being harassed, they claimed, by anti-death penalty advocates. Those allegations have all turned out to be false. But the states have continued to attempt to expand secrecy and the real reason is because the drug manufacturers themselves are opposed to the use of their medicines in executions.


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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