Definition of expansion in English:

expansion

noun

  • 1The action of becoming larger or more extensive.

    ‘the rapid expansion of suburban Washington’
    ‘a small expansion of industry’
    • ‘The market hall is to receive a new look in an 18-month expansion programme.’
    • ‘This money would then cut its debt and provide extensive funds for expansion.’
    • ‘There is accumulating medical evidence in the journals on the rapid expansion of the HIV infection.’
    • ‘In the post-school environment the rapid expansion of industry training continues.’
    • ‘It will greatly boost the prospects for economic growth and expansion in towns and villages throughout the county.’
    • ‘And it signals the end of the era of rapid expansion of public spending on essential services funded by tax rises.’
    • ‘Founders sometimes become arrogant and go on a rapid and unwarranted expansion binge, he warns.’
    • ‘These years are post-integration and are from a period of rapid expansion of the industry.’
    • ‘During the recent boom, the recruitment industry experienced rapid expansion.’
    • ‘The numbers could indicate that economic expansion is finally leading to major jobs growth.’
    • ‘Much of the rest of the country is paying the price of rapid economic expansion.’
    • ‘The energy company was often credited with putting new technologies to work in the service of its rapid expansion.’
    • ‘It is also set to embark on a major European expansion programme.’
    • ‘The rapid expansion of the sector observed during the last year emphasises the importance of its advantages.’
    • ‘Between 1890 and 1920 new developments enabled the further expansion of the wheat industry.’
    • ‘Judicial creativity has been most obviously and constructively expressed in the rapid expansion of the law of judicial review.’
    • ‘At the same time close links with the USA resulted in rapid economic recovery and expansion.’
    • ‘Now he runs Scotland's only electronic property search company which is set to enter a period of rapid growth and expansion.’
    • ‘Schipol airport in Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle have both seen recent expansion programmes.’
    • ‘The software industry's expansion plans have triggered a real estate boom in the city.’
    growth, increase in size, enlargement, extension, augmentation, development, evolution
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    1. 1.1 Extension of a state's territory by encroaching on that of other nations, pursued as a political strategy.
      ‘German expansion in the 1930s’
      • ‘This was also the start of the period of colonialist expansion by Spain's Catholic monarchy.’
      • ‘We are currently laying plans for the establishment and territorial expansion of our nation.’
      • ‘The time was ripe, as the Mexican War had opened a vast area of Western territory for expansion.’
      • ‘Political instability and danger for the further expansion of the European Union are threatened.’
      • ‘What is the objective of this policy of expansion in the occupied territories?’
      • ‘The Eastern expansion of NATO is another disputed issue between Europe and the United States.’
      • ‘It adopted a defensive strategy, recognizing that expansion of territory is costly in men and material.’
      • ‘With European Union expansion, this means building commercial and political links with the new Europeans.’
      • ‘The recent eastward expansion of the European Union has only compounded the social crisis.’
      • ‘They observed that the strategy for Albanian expansion in Macedonia was identical to the one seen in Kosovo.’
      • ‘It was also a period of expansion, as the nation increased its territory in the west and north.’
      • ‘They point out that the single market and European Union expansion are not being built on a strong social platform.’
      • ‘It would not allow them continue their expansion into Palestinian territories.’
      • ‘We had no intention of conducting an aggressive policy of expansion.’
      • ‘Many even began to speak of this expansion as their nation's ‘Manifest Destiny’.’
      • ‘All these problems are exacerbated by the expansion of the European Union to the East.’
    2. 1.2 A thing formed by the enlargement, broadening, or development of something.
      ‘the book is an expansion of a lecture given last year’
      • ‘He says that while their intentions are humble for now they, like other companies, leave ample room for future add-ons and expansions.’
      • ‘‘I think the ballparks are smaller, the players are stronger, and we've had two expansions in the last decade,’ said Selig.’
      • ‘The factor that has kept new premises and expansions at bay is the complete lack of uncommitted parking.’
      • ‘Athletics is moving ahead with expansions to Columbia Icefields recreation facility.’
      • ‘Although additions and expansions have been made to suit its occupants, the Bishop's House at Fort Kochi can instantly take you on a nostalgic ride.’
      • ‘The attempt to keep pace with ever increasing museum collections has resulted in a recent spate of building expansions worldwide.’
      • ‘Proposed expansions to the shopping centre could bring larger stores to the county town.’
      • ‘There will also be expansions to the kitchen and dining areas to accommodate the additional residents.’
      • ‘Their past expansions have never resulted in the demolition of housing for its building or for parking.’
      • ‘The development project is part of the Campaign Waterloo initiative, which also is funding the expansions.’
      • ‘There will be an added fee of $13.80 applied after three of the four expansions are complete and open for student use.’
      • ‘This value signifies that the colony contains 37,800 sectors of cells having tract length expansions.’
      • ‘Unlike in the two previous years, when the companies opened new theme parks, there were no major expansions in Orlando in 2000.’
      • ‘There might be expansions in the family - a baby or an older relative.’
      • ‘It might mean that the proposed expansions are built later rather than sooner, but at least our representatives will have been diligent.’
      • ‘Despite the grim financial climate, several smaller theaters find themselves planning expansions.’
      • ‘It leaves open the possibility of limited expansions of two lodges in the mountain region.’
      • ‘The club is currently planning several expansions to accommodate golfers who seek pleasure and leisure in a quiet place.’
      • ‘In a sense, this is an expansion of that book to cover the whole region.’
      • ‘No major renovations or expansions are planned for the former Indigo location, she said.’
      elaboration, enlargement, amplification, development
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    3. 1.3 The increase in the volume of fuel on combustion in the cylinder of an engine, or the piston stroke in which this occurs.
      • ‘If the operating temperature is higher than there is greater heat distortion due to thermal expansion hence increased friction.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from late Latin expansio(n-), from Latin expandere (see expand).

Pronunciation

expansion

/ikˈspanSHən//ɪkˈspænʃən/