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English verb: expand

1. expand (motion) extend in one or more directions

SamplesThe dough expands.

Synonymsspread out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)bush out, dispread

Antonymsshrink, contract

2. expand (change) become larger in size or volume or quantity

SamplesHis business expanded rapidly.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)balloon, billow, inflate, intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce

3. expand (change) make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

SamplesExpand the house by adding another wing.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enlarge

Narrower (hyponym)blow up, develop, inflate

4. expand (change) grow vigorously

SamplesThe deer population in this town is thriving.
Business is booming.

ExamplesThe business is going to expand

Synonymsboom, flourish, thrive

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)luxuriate, revive

5. expand (change) exaggerate or make bigger

SamplesThe charges were inflated.

Synonymsamplify, blow up, inflate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)puff up

6. expand (communication) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

SamplesShe elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.

Synonymsdilate, elaborate, enlarge, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

Narrower (hyponym)detail, exemplify, exposit, expound, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify

Antonymsabbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut

7. expand (change) expand the influence of

SamplesThe King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Verb groupbroaden, extend, widen

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