[ ik-span-did ]
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  1. increased in area, bulk, or volume; enlarged: an expanded version of a story.

  2. spread out; extended: the expanded frontiers of the Roman Empire.

  1. Also extended. Printing. (of type) wider in proportion to its height.: Compare condensed (def. 4).

Origin of expanded

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; expand + -ed2

Other words from expanded

  • ex·pand·ed·ness, noun
  • non·ex·pand·ed, adjective
  • self-ex·pand·ed, adjective
  • sem·i·ex·pand·ed, adjective
  • un·ex·pand·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for expanded


/ (ɪkˈspændɪd) /

  1. Also: extended (of printer's type) wider than usual for a particular height: Compare condensed

  2. (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

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