from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
- transitive v. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
- transitive v. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
- transitive v. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.
- intransitive v. To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope: Air expands when heated. This critic's influence is expanding.
- intransitive v. To speak or write at length or in detail: expand on a favorite topic.
- intransitive v. To open up or out; unfold: The chair expands to form a day bed.
- intransitive v. To feel expansive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one.
- v. To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).
- v. To express (something) at length and/or in detail.
- v. (algebra) To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
- v. To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
- v. To (be) increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.
- v. To speak or write at length or in detail.
- v. To feel generous or optimistic.
- v. To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse.
- transitive v. To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To state in enlarged form; to develop. See Expansion, 5.
- intransitive v. To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spread or stretch out; unfold; display.
- To increase in extent, size, bulk, or amount; inflate; distend; extend: as, to expand the chest by inspiration; heat expands all bodies.
- Hence To make broader in scope or more comprehensive: as, to expand the heart or affections, or the sphere of benevolence.
- To swell, blow up, fill, fill out, increase.
- To open out; become unfolded, spread out, or displayed.
- To increase in extent, size, bulk, amount, etc.; become dilated, distended, or enlarged.
- In zoology, to spread over a certain space: used in stating the distance from tip to tip of outspread wings—in the case of insects, of anterior wings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
- v. exaggerate or make bigger
- v. expand the influence of
- v. grow vigorously
- v. become larger in size or volume or quantity
- v. extend in one or more directions
- v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
Note that '$top' doesn't account for entities you expand using '$expand', so be careful with what you expand if you're using it.
"One reason behind the rush to expand is to snap up prime commercial locations, which are a limited resource in any city," said Pei Liang, general sectary of CCFA.
The area around the center is pretty much packed unless they're gonna expand from the backend of the building.
The process can expand from the standard five paragraph essay into a 17 paragraph paper.
The mission of Chief Executive Guo Wei, 47, who has been with the company since its inception, is to expand from a simple logistics business into higher-value -- and higher-margin -- services.
Kid Channel: Hasbro is set to launch a children's cable network today, as it tries to expand from a toy maker to an entertainment company.
J.P. Morgan said in a conference call with analysts Wednesday that it plans to expand is review of home loans from 23 states to roughly 115,000 in 41 states, saying it had "identified issues" in foreclosure documents.
Arena's opening will present him with more opportunities, more temptations to expand from a large, busy boutique firm to a huge, bustling, corporate one.
Challu says the $15 million will be used to expand from the company'scurrent 1,700 employees to 3,000 in the next 12 months.
After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates.