verb (used with object)
- to write (a mathematical expression) so as to show the products of its factors.Compare factor(def 10).
- 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)
Origin of expand
Synonyms for expand
Related Words for expandableextensile, abundant, broad, comfortable, commodious, comprehensive, expansive, extended, generous, liberal, plentiful, roomy, sizable, spacious, substantial, vast, voluminous, wide, distensible, expansile
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The trooper reached with her right hand for her expandable baton.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading
September 27, 2014
Word Origin for expand
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.