Definition of expansion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪkˈspænʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspænʃn//
[uncountable, countable]
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an act of increasing or making something increase in size, amount or importance a period of rapid economic expansion Despite the recession the company is confident of further expansion. The expansion of higher education will continue. The book is an expansion of a series of lectures given last year. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin expansio(n-), from Latin expandere ‘to spread out’, from ex- ‘out’ + pandere ‘to spread’.Extra examples He opposed expansion of the army and navy. In order to finance expansion on this scale, the government has relied heavily on borrowing. Russian expansion to the East and South She proposed a modest expansion of unemployment benefits. The board decided to embark on aggressive overseas expansion. The company believes there is scope for expansion in this sector. The company is set for further expansion into niche areas. The company was now set for major expansion. The design of the front pockets allows for expansion. The economy is still showing healthy expansion. The executive board has approved this expansion. The museum is undergoing a major expansion. The rate of expansion of our overseas trade has been spectacular. They are planning a major expansion in research and development. This is land being held for future expansion. This will slow the rate of monetary expansion. We are going for maximum expansion. a great age of expansion in trade and science a ready-made hotel chain ripe for further expansion an $80 million expansion of its Madras factory an unprecedented expansion in linguistic studies at British universities an unprecedented military expansion around the globe expansion into the luxury car market the geographical expansion of industry in the late 19th century the largest prison expansion in American history
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