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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. Sean Bailey:

    When you're able to bring wonderful casts to some of these characters -- that haven't been realized in live action... you can sort of bring layers and texture, if you look at something like 'Beauty and the Beast,' well, why is Belle's father, Maurice, so protective? Why is she in the provincial town? You can expand the stories and enhance the stories.

  2. Gavin Parry:

    With Japan's inflation being zero, people are going to expect the BOJ to expand the balance sheet and stoke liquidity again, those expectations aren't hurting the Nikkei, which is also benefiting from a weaker yen and from buyers hoping to pick up dividends in June.

  3. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi:

    I hope that operations Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope achieve their strategic goals in guaranteeing the withdrawal of militias from the cities they've occupied and not letting these militias take advantage of the truce to expand more and kill civilians.

  4. Jim Smith:

    Mark Rupp said. The virus is blamed for more than 6.5 million confirmed infections and 195,000 deaths in the U.S., by far the highest totals of any country, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. While case numbers have fallen from a peak average of 67,000 new infections per day in late July to about 36,000 now, the numbers remain staggeringly high. Deaths are running at about 750 a day, down from a peak of over 2,200 in late April. In recent days, Mississippi has allowed restaurants to expand their customer capacity to 75 %. New Jersey reopened gyms and indoor dining at restaurants, though with limited capacity. Michigans governor allowed gyms to reopen and organized sports to resume. County commissioners in Pinellas County, Fla., on Thursday are set to discuss whether to repeal their mask ordinance. While some Americans may see such things as a welcome step closer to normal, public health experts warn the U.S. is setting itself up for failure — again. ( iStock) Public health experts noted that it is safe to resume certain activities in communities where there are low levels of infection. The nations top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, appeared via video at Vermont Gov. Phil Scotts virus briefing Tuesday and praised the states response and its steps to reopen safely. Anthony Fauci chalked it up to Vermonts emphasis on wearing masks, avoiding crowds and taking other simple precautions. But elsewhere, experts said, case counts are too high to resume higher-risk activities, such as going to bars, gyms, theaters and stadiums, participating in close contact sports or eating inside a restaurant. In most communities in Florida, bars were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity on Monday, while keeping some precautions in place. But Floridas three biggest counties Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are keeping their bars closed because of high case numbers. Even in places where drinking establishments have been given the OK to reopen, some owners and customers alike are hesitant. At The Leon Pub, a smoky bar a mile up the road from Floridas Capitol in Tallahassee, the Monday night crowd was sparse, as Leon Pub has been for much of the long, oppressive summer. Leon Pub been crickets and tumbleweeds, said bartender Lauren Bryant. Among the few there were Allie Preston and her husband. Weve been cooped up for a while. It was nice to have normalcy, she said. Florida bars were shuttered on St. Patricks Day in March, allowed to reopen in June, then ordered closed again about two weeks later as virus cases surged. Leon Pub was allowed to reopen in July because it had a restaurant license. Jim Smith, owner of Poor Pauls Pourhouse in Tallahassee, intends to keep Jim Smith place closed until the outbreak is over. I miss going to work every day. I miss seeing the customers and employees.

  5. Matthew Vadum:

    This will benefit government unions by providing more opportunities for federal workers and expand unions. De-privatizing doesn’t mean shutting down all of these detention centers.

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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
  • விரிவாக்குTamil
  • విస్తరించండిTelugu
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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