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noun expansion pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspænʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of increasing in size and filling more space
    damage caused to buildings through the expansion and contraction of timbers
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  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of making a business, organization, or activity grow by including more people, moving into new areas, selling more products etc
    The company has looked at a number of ways of financing its expansion.
    the rapid expansion of private nursing-home care over the last decade
    We plan to continue our expansion programme.
  3. 3
    [countable] something that has more detail or information than something done before
    His latest work is an expansion of themes foreshadowed in his earlier plays.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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