Synonyms of expand in English:

expand


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verb

1‘metals expand when heated’

SYNONYMS

increase in size, become larger, enlarge

swell, become distended, dilate, inflate, balloon, puff out, puff up

lengthen, stretch

thicken, fatten, fill out

rare intumesce, tumefy

ANTONYMS

shrink, contract, condense

2‘the company is expanding’

SYNONYMS

grow, become larger, make larger, become bigger, make bigger, increase in scope, increase in size

extend, augment, broaden, widen, develop, diversify, multiply, add to, build up, scale up

branch out, broaden one's horizons, extend one's operations

spread, proliferate, mushroom

ANTONYMS

shrink, scale down

3‘the young leaves began to expand’

SYNONYMS

open out, unfold, unfurl, spread out, unroll

4‘the minister expanded on the government's proposals’

SYNONYMS

elaborate on, enlarge on, add detail to, go into detail about, flesh out, put flesh on the bones of, develop, supplement, amplify, expatiate on

embellish, embroider, pad out, fill out

ANTONYMS

touch on

5‘she was made to feel witty and entertained—she expanded and flourished’

SYNONYMS

relax, unbend, become relaxed, grow friendlier, become less reserved, become more sociable

informal loosen up

North American informal hang loose

ANTONYMS

tense up, clam up