Definition of expand verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    expand

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspænd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expand
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspænd//
     
    he / she / it expands
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspændz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspændz//
     
    past simple expanded
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspændɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspændɪd//
     
    past participle expanded
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspændɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspændɪd//
     
    -ing form expanding
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspændɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspændɪŋ//
     
    Economy, Materials and properties, Running a business
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to become greater in size, number or importance; to make something greater in size, number or importance Metals expand when they are heated. Student numbers are expanding rapidly. A child's vocabulary expands through reading. The waist expands to fit all sizes. expand something In breathing the chest muscles expand the rib cage and allow air to be sucked into the lungs. The new system expanded the role of family doctors. There are no plans to expand the local airport. opposite contract See related entries: Materials and properties
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] if a business expands or is expanded, new branches are opened, it makes more money, etc. an expanding economy (= with more businesses starting and growing) expand something We've expanded the business by opening two more stores. See related entries: Economy, Running a business
  3. 3[intransitive] to talk more; to add details to what you are saying I repeated the question and waited for her to expand.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin expandere ‘to spread out’, from ex- ‘out’ + pandere ‘to spread’.Extra examples American publishers attempted to expand their markets overseas. Both companies are aggressively expanding their business models in Europe. He has plans to expand beyond computer consulting to include engineer training. I needed to expand my possibilities of making a living. Internet companies expanding abroad Several brands have successfully expanded their market presence. The business has expanded greatly over the last year. The company is looking to expand its operations overseas. The number of managers has expanded from 700 to 1 300. The store has helped expand the British cheese market by encouraging small dairy farmers. The town has expanded into a city. A child’s vocabulary expands through reading. It’s a country with an expanding economy. We’ve expanded the business by opening two more stores. Phrasal Verbsexpand on something
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