from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: synonym: increase.
- intransitive verb To express at length or in detail; enlarge on.
- intransitive verb To open (something) up or out; spread out.
- intransitive verb Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.
- intransitive verb To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope.
- intransitive verb To speak or write at length or in detail.
- intransitive verb To open up or out; unfold.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To spread or stretch out; unfold; display.
- To increase in extent, size, bulk, or amount; inflate; distend; extend: as, to
expandthe chest by inspiration; heat expands all bodies.
- Hence To make broader in scope or more comprehensive: as, to
expandthe 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged
- transitive verb To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse.
- transitive verb 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 verb (Math.) To state in enlarged form; to develop. See
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
change(something) from a smaller formand/or sizeto a largerone.
- verb transitive To
increasethe extent, number, volumeor scopeof (something).
- verb transitive To express (something) at
lengthand/or in detail.
- verb transitive (algebra) To
rewrite(an expression) as a longer, yet equivalentsum of terms.
- verb intransitive To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
- verb intransitive To (be)
increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.
- verb intransitive To
speakor write at lengthor in detail.
- verb intransitive To feel
- verb intransitive, algebra To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
- verb exaggerate or make bigger
- verb expand the influence of
- verb grow vigorously
- verb become larger in size or volume or quantity
- verb extend in one or more directions
- verb add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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.
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.
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.
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.
The process can expand from the standard five paragraph essay into a 17 paragraph paper.
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.
The area around the center is pretty much packed unless they're gonna expand from the backend of the building.
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.
After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates.