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verb expand pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈspænd/
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become larger in size and fill more space

    The water froze inside the pipe, causing it to expand and burst.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something become larger in size and fill more space
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a business, organization, or activity expands, it grows by including more people, moving into new areas, selling more products, etc.
    expand into:

    The group has expanded into Germany.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to talk or write more about something, adding more details or information
    expand on/upon:

    I refuse to expand any further on my earlier statement.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to open something that is folded

    The hawk expanded its wings and soared into the sky.

  5. 5
    [transitive] maths to write an expression in a longer form

unicorn

a start-up … whose value has reached more than one billion US dollars

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crafternoon

an afternoon full of crafts

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