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Definition of Expand

Expand

  1. To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves.
  2. 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 contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence.
  3. To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.
  4. To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.

Expand Quotations

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.
Barack Obama

Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.
Frances Wright

Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.
Daniel Goleman

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I've been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.
Michael Jordan

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
William James
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Expand Translations

expand in German is ausdehnen, erweitern
expand in Italian is ampliare, stendere, espandere
expand in Latin is dilato
expand in Norwegian is utbre, utvide
expand in Spanish is acgrandar, espaciar
expand in Swedish is expandera, utvidga, utbreda
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