expand
verb Etymology: Middle English expaunden, from Latin expandere, from ex- + pandere to spread — more at fathom Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to open up ; unfold 2. to increase the extent, number, volume, or scope of ; enlarge 3. a. to express at length or in greater detail b. to write out in full <
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c. to subject to mathematical expansion <
expand a function in a power series
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intransitive verb 1. to open out ; spread 2. to increase in extent, number, volume, or scope 3. to speak or write fully or in detail <
expanded on the theme
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4. to feel generous or optimistic • expandability nounexpandable adjective Synonyms: expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply whether the increase comes from within or without and regardless of manner (as growth, unfolding, addition of parts) <
a business that expands every year
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. amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate <
amplify the statement with details
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. swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits <
the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions
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. distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within <
a distended abdomen
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. inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a resulting vulnerability and liability to sudden collapse <
an inflated ego
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. dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference <
dilated pupils
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