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verb expand pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspænd/
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present tense
present participleexpanding
past tenseexpanded
past participleexpanded
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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.
    We live in an expanding universe.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something become larger in size and fill more space
      We plan to expand the pub by adding a family room.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a business, organization, or activity expands, it grows by including more people, moving into new areas, selling more products etc
    Britain’s universities expanded at an unprecedented rate at the end of the 20th century.
    the rapidly expanding IT sector
    expand into: The group has expanded into Germany.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a business, organization, or activity do this
      The EU could be expanded to include former communist countries.
  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.


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