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To give added bulk or body to (a substance) by adding another, usually cheaper or inferior, substance
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  1. To give added bulk or body to (a substance) by adding another, usually cheaper or inferior, substance
  2. To cause to move at full gallop. Used of a horse.
  3. To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
To open or straighten (something) out; unbend:
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  1. To open or straighten (something) out; unbend:
  2. To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
  3. To cause to move at full gallop. Used of a horse.
To become greater; increase
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  1. To become greater; increase
  2. To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity:
  3. To become augmented.
(Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
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  1. (Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
  2. To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc.
  3. To become larger; increase in size, extent, etc.; expand
To make greater or larger.
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  1. To make greater or larger.
  2. To multiply; reproduce.
  3. To cause to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; add to; augment
To speak or write at great length on a subject; expatiate.
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  1. To speak or write at great length on a subject; expatiate.
  2. To speak or write in detail (on or upon a subject)
  3. To become wider or larger; expand.
To cause to increase in size, volume, extent, degree, etc.
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  1. To cause to increase in size, volume, extent, degree, etc.
  2. To cause (a tone, chord, etc.) to increase in loudness
  3. To increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate
(Reflexive, archaic) To extend; to stretch out; to spread out.
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  1. (Reflexive, archaic) To extend; to stretch out; to spread out.
  2. To cause to swell.
  3. To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate:
To cause (a currency or economy) to undergo inflation.
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  1. To cause (a currency or economy) to undergo inflation.
  2. To become inflated; swell
  3. To increase or raise beyond what is normal or valid
To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food
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  1. To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food
  2. To cause to grow; raise:
  3. To come to be by a gradual process or by degrees; become:
To aid in the growth of; strengthen:
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  1. To aid in the growth of; strengthen:
  2. To come to have gradually; acquire:
  3. To increase or expand:
To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly:
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  1. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly:
  2. To change (food or substances in the body) into compounds that can be assimilated, excreted, etc.
  3. To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
(Idiomatic) To place items further apart.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To place items further apart.
  2. (Idiomatic, intransitive) Become further apart.
To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
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  1. To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
  2. To remove the cover, cork, or lid from:
  3. To become open
(Intransitive) To turn out to happen; to develop.
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  1. (Intransitive) To turn out to happen; to develop.
  2. To open (anything covered or closed); to lay open to view or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by successive development.
  3. To become unfolded; open out or open up
To unroll or release something that had been rolled up, typically a sail or a flag.
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  1. To unroll or release something that had been rolled up, typically a sail or a flag.
  2. To open or spread out from a furled state
  3. To spread or open (something) out or become spread or opened out.
(Intransitive) To increase or become great.
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  1. (Intransitive) To increase or become great.
  2. To increase the scope of; extend:
  3. To consider to be or cause to appear greater than is really the case; exaggerate:
To develop more fully, as with details, examples, statistics, etc.
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  1. To develop more fully, as with details, examples, statistics, etc.
  2. To produce amplification of:
  3. (Electronics) To increase the strength of (an electrical signal) by means of an amplifier
To become greater; increase
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  1. To become greater; increase
  2. To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity:
  3. To become augmented.
To urge others to support; promote
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  1. To urge others to support; promote
  2. To increase; raise:
  3. (Electricity) To increase the voltage of (a circuit).
To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to:
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  1. To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to:
  2. To establish a basis for; found or ground:
  3. To increase in amount, force, etc.; grow or intensify
To put forth buds, shoots, etc.; sprout
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  1. To put forth buds, shoots, etc.; sprout
  2. To begin to grow or blossom.
  3. To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.
(Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
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  1. (Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
  2. To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc.
  3. To become larger; increase in size, extent, etc.; expand
To pass (a transaction or case) on to a higher level in an organizational hierarchy:
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  1. To pass (a transaction or case) on to a higher level in an organizational hierarchy:
  2. To rise on or as on an escalator
  3. To grow or increase rapidly, often to the point of becoming unmanageable, as prices or wages
To cause to grow; raise:
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  1. To cause to grow; raise:
  2. To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food
  3. To allow (something) to develop or increase by a natural process:
To make greater or larger.
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  1. To make greater or larger.
  2. To multiply; reproduce.
  3. To cause to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; add to; augment
To make more intense or extreme:
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  1. To make more intense or extreme:
  2. To cause to appear greater, more important, or more extreme than is in fact the case:
  3. To increase or have the power to increase the size or volume of an image or a sound.
To set in position for use:
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  1. To set in position for use:
  2. To increase in amount, extent, or intensity:
  3. For the names of actual mountains, see the specific element of the name; for example, McKinley, Mount; Olives, Mount of; Blanc, Mont. Other geographic names beginning with Mount are entered under Mount; for example, Mount Vernon; Mount Desert Island.
(Math.) To find the product of by multiplication
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  1. (Math.) To find the product of by multiplication
  2. To grow in amount, number, or degree:
  3. To increase in number, amount, extent, or degree; specif., to increase by procreation
To increase or spread at a rapid rate:
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  1. To increase or spread at a rapid rate:
  2. To multiply rapidly; increase profusely
  3. To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
To increase in volume of sound; become louder, shriller, etc.
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  1. To increase in volume of sound; become louder, shriller, etc.
  2. To puff up or become larger; swell up:
  3. To cause to rise:
(Idiomatic) To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
  2. (Idiomatic) To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly.
  3. (Cricket) of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball.
To increase or accumulate rapidly and uncontrollably, like a ball of snow rolling down a snow-covered hill
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  1. To increase or accumulate rapidly and uncontrollably, like a ball of snow rolling down a snow-covered hill
  2. To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size:
  3. To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
To glide along without engine power, maintaining or gaining altitude on currents of air
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  1. To glide along without engine power, maintaining or gaining altitude on currents of air
  2. To rise well above the usual or ordinary level or bounds; be elevated
  3. To increase or improve suddenly above the normal or usual level:
To cause (a tone, chord, etc.) to increase in loudness
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  1. To cause (a tone, chord, etc.) to increase in loudness
  2. To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.
  3. To increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate
To surge up.
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  1. To surge up.
  2. (Intransitive) to surge up, or to become stronger or greater
Any of various solid, usually yellow substances that melt or soften easily when heated. They are similar to fats, but are less greasy and more brittle. Naturally occurring animal and plant waxes are esters of saturated fatty acids and alcohols of high molecular weight, including sterols. Waxes are also manufactured synthetically from petroleum, and are used to make polishers, lubricants, coatings, waterproofing, crayons, candles, and many other products.
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  1. Any of various solid, usually yellow substances that melt or soften easily when heated. They are similar to fats, but are less greasy and more brittle. Naturally occurring animal and plant waxes are esters of saturated fatty acids and alcohols of high molecular weight, including sterols. Waxes are also manufactured synthetically from petroleum, and are used to make polishers, lubricants, coatings, waterproofing, crayons, candles, and many other products.
  2. To grow or become as specified:
  3. To grow gradually larger, more numerous, etc.; increase in strength, intensity, volume, etc.
(Idiomatic) to strengthen or reinforce; to add substance to
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  1. (Idiomatic) to strengthen or reinforce; to add substance to
To make or become broad or broader.
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  1. To make or become broad or broader.
  2. To widen; expand
  3. (Intransitive) To become broad or broader.
To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
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  1. To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
  2. To lie or stretch
  3. To be extended
To let out clothes to a larger size.
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  1. To let out clothes to a larger size.
  2. To broaden or extend in scope or range.
  3. (Intransitive) To become wide or wider.
To produce amplification of:
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  1. To produce amplification of:
  2. (Electronics) To increase the strength of (an electrical signal) by means of an amplifier
  3. To develop more fully, as with details, examples, statistics, etc.
To become affected with a disease; contract.
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  1. To become affected with a disease; contract.
  2. To come to have gradually; acquire:
  3. To aid in the growth of; strengthen:
To make wider or larger; cause to expand or swell; stretch
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  1. To make wider or larger; cause to expand or swell; stretch
  2. To speak or write in detail (on or upon a subject)
  3. To become wider or larger; expand.
To change (food or substances in the body) into compounds that can be assimilated, excreted, etc.
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  1. To change (food or substances in the body) into compounds that can be assimilated, excreted, etc.
  2. To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
  3. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly:
(Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
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  1. (Nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
  2. To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc.
  3. To become larger; grow or swell.
(Archaic) To roam or wander freely
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  1. (Archaic) To roam or wander freely
  2. To speak or write in great detail; elaborate or enlarge (on or upon)
  3. To speak or write at length:
To suffer from distress or a disadvantage:
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  1. To suffer from distress or a disadvantage:
  2. To undergo, and suffer the pains of, childbirth
  3. To undergo the labor of childbirth.
To give added bulk or body to (a substance) by adding another, usually cheaper or inferior, substance
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  1. To give added bulk or body to (a substance) by adding another, usually cheaper or inferior, substance
  2. To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
  3. To open or straighten (something) out; unbend:
To spread out into the shape of a fan
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  1. To spread out into the shape of a fan
  2. To direct a current of air or a breeze upon, especially in order to cool:
  3. To open (something) out into the shape of a fan:
To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
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  1. To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
  2. To part the lids or lips of:
  3. To remove obstructions from; clear:
To stretch beyond
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  1. To stretch beyond
  2. To stretch out; extend.
To be exhibited, displayed, or visible in broad or full extent:
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  1. To be exhibited, displayed, or visible in broad or full extent:
  2. To open to a fuller extent or width; stretch:
  3. To draw out so as to display more fully; open or stretch out so as to cover more space; unfold or unfurl
To extend (oneself or one's limbs, for example) to full length:
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  1. To extend (oneself or one's limbs, for example) to full length:
  2. To spread or be spread out to full extent or beyond normal limits
  3. To expand in order to fulfill a larger function:
To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
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  1. To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
  2. To open (anything covered or closed); to lay open to view or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by successive development.
  3. To become unfolded; open out or open up
(Intransitive) To emerge, be revealed or become apparent; to unfold.
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  1. (Intransitive) To emerge, be revealed or become apparent; to unfold.
  2. (Programming) To replace (a loop in a program) with a repetitive sequence of the individual instructions that the loop would carry out, sometimes used as an optimization.
  3. To open or extend (something rolled up)

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
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