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Verb expand has 7 senses
  1. expand, spread out - extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands"
    --1 is one way to grow
    Antonyms: shrink, contract
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"
    --2 is one way to
    grow
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  3. expand - make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"
    --3 is one way to
    enlarge
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. boom, prosper, thrive, get ahead, flourish, expand - grow stronger; "The economy was booming"
    --4 is one way to grow
    Sample sentence:
    The business is going to expand
  5. inflate, blow up, expand, amplify - exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
    --5 is one way to increase
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  6. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    --6 is one way to clarify, clear up, elucidate
    Antonyms: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
    Derived forms: noun expansion2, noun expansion3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
  7. extend, expand - expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
    --7 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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