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[ik-span-did] /ɪkˈspæn dɪd/
increased in area, bulk, or volume; enlarged:
an expanded version of a story.
spread out; extended:
the expanded frontiers of the Roman Empire.
Also, extended. Printing. (of type) wider in proportion to its height.
Compare condensed (def 4).
Origin of expanded
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see expand, -ed2
Related forms
expandedness, noun
nonexpanded, adjective
self-expanded, adjective
semiexpanded, adjective
unexpanded, adjective


[ik-spand] /ɪkˈspænd/
verb (used with object)
to increase in extent, size, volume, scope, etc.:
Heat expands most metals. He hopes to expand his company.
to spread or stretch out; unfold:
A bird expands its wings.
to express in fuller form or greater detail; develop:
to expand a short story into a novel.
  1. to write (a mathematical expression) so as to show the products of its factors.
    Compare factor (def 10).
  2. to rewrite (a mathematical expression) as a sum, product, etc., of terms of a particular kind:
    to expand a function in a power series.
verb (used without object)
to increase or grow in extent, bulk, scope, etc.:
Most metals expand with heat. The mind expands with experience.
to spread out; unfold; develop:
The buds had not yet expanded.
to express something more fully or in greater detail (usually followed by on or upon):
to expand on a statement.
1400-50; late Middle English expanden < Latin expandere to spread out, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pandere to extend, stretch
Related forms
expandable, expandible, adjective
expandability, expandibility, noun
nonexpanding, adjective
overexpand, verb
preexpand, verb (used with object)
reexpand, verb
self-expanding, adjective
superexpand, verb
unexpandable, adjective
unexpanding, adjective
Can be confused
expand, expend (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. extend, swell, enlarge. See increase, Expand, dilate, distend, inflate imply becoming larger and filling more space. To expand is to spread out, usually in every direction: to expand one's chest. To dilate is especially to increase the width or circumference, and applies to space enclosed within confines or to hollow bodies: to dilate the pupils of the eyes. To distend is to stretch, often beyond the point of natural expansion: to distend an artery. To inflate is to blow out or swell a hollow body with air or gas: to inflate a balloon. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expanded
  • There is also an expanded butcher counter and display case, where one can have meats sliced to order.
  • The renal calyces and pelvis form the upper expanded end of the excretory duct of the kidney.
  • In football, each team plays all nine members, a schedule that would be difficult to continue if the conference expanded.
  • Her material expanded, her writing matured, and the characters populating her work diversified.
  • Each of your main points gets expanded into a full paragraph.
  • We could use our exam response to launch us into our dissertation proposal and expanded literature review.
  • Some people make you feel expanded, some make you feel contracted.
  • The article can be expanded much to include many more things.
  • The planet's heated gases would have then expanded, causing the world to bloat.
  • That's because the freezing ice would have expanded, causing the surface to bulge upward, cracking in the process.
British Dictionary definitions for expanded


Also extended. (of printer's type) wider than usual for a particular height Compare condensed
(of a plastic) having been foamed during manufacture by the introduction of a gas in order to make a light packaging material or heat insulator: expanded polystyrene See also expanded metal


to make or become greater in extent, volume, size, or scope; increase
to spread out or be spread out; unfold; stretch out
(intransitive) often foll by on. to enlarge or expatiate on (a story, topic, etc) in detail
(intransitive) to become increasingly relaxed, friendly, or talkative
(maths) to express (a function or expression) as the sum or product of terms
Derived Forms
expandable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expandere to spread out, from pandere to spread, extend
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Word Origin and History for expanded



early 15c., "spread out, spread flat," from Anglo-French espaundre, Middle French espandre and directly from Latin expandere "to spread out, unfold, expand," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pandere "to spread, stretch" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "grow larger" first recorded 1640s. Related: Expanded; expanding.

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