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Dictionary definition for: Expand

1. (v) extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands"

2. (v) become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"

3. (v) make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"

4. (v) grow stronger; "The economy was booming"

5. (v) exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"

6. (v) 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"

7. (v) expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

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