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Another word for expand

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Verb
  1. To make or become greater or larger

    See also:

    increase

  2. To make or become more comprehensive or inclusive

    See also:

    increase

  3. To express at greater length or in greater detail

    See also:

    explain

  4. To move or arrange so as to cover a larger area

      1. To unwind and open (something rolled up).
      2. To unfold and present to view; reveal.
      3. To become unrolled.
      1. To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
      2. To remove the coverings from; disclose to view:
      3. To reveal gradually by written or spoken explanation; make known:
      1. To lengthen, widen, or distend:
      2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space:
      3. To make taut; tighten:
      1. To open to a fuller extent or width; stretch:
      2. To make wider the gap between; move farther apart:
      3. To distribute over a surface in a layer:
      1. Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed.
      2. Affording unobstructed passage or view:
      3. Having no protecting or concealing cover:
      1. A machine using an electric motor to rotate thin, rigid vanes in order to move air, as for cooling.
      2. A collapsible, usually wedge-shaped device made of a light material such as silk, paper, or plastic.
      3. A machine for winnowing.
      1. To cause (something) to be longer, wider, or cover more area:
      2. To enlarge the scope or effect of:
      3. To cause (something) to last longer:
    See also:

    move

Another word for expand

Verb

Synonym Study

  • Dilate suggests a widening or stretching of something circular
  • Inflate suggests the use of air or gas, or of something insubstantial, to distend or swell a thing
  • Distend implies a swelling as a result of pressure from within that forces a bulging outward
  • Swell implies expansion beyond the normal limits or size
  • Expand implies an increasing in size, bulk, or volume and is the broadest term here, being applicable when the enlarging force operates from either the inside or the outside or when the increase comes about by unfolding, puffing out, spreading, or opening