Recorded in Middle English since 1422, from Anglo-Norman espaundre, from Latin expandere present active infinitive of expandō (“to spread out”), itself from ex- (“out, outwards”) + pandō (“to spread”).
expand (third-person singular simple present expands, present participle expanding, simple past and past participle expanded)
- (transitive) To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one; to spread out or lay open.
- (transitive) To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).
- (transitive) To express (something) at length and/or in detail.
- (transitive, algebra) To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
- (transitive, arithmetic) To multiply both the numerator and the denominator of a fraction by the same natural number yielding a fraction of equal value
- (intransitive) To change from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
- (intransitive) To increase in extent, number, volume or scope.
- (intransitive) To speak or write at length or in detail.
- (intransitive) To feel generous or optimistic.
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