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Synonyms for expand
ɪkˈspænd

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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)

    Synonyms:
    enlarge

    Antonyms:
    contract

  2. expand(verb)

    Synonyms:
    spread, unfold, spread out

    Antonyms:
    contract

  3. expand(verb)

    Synonyms:
    elaborate

  4. expand(verb)

    To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    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 grow

    to make grow

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

    Submitted by acronimous on April 4, 2017  

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

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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
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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