US: /ɪkˈspænd/
UK: /ɛkspˈænd/

English Vietnamese dictionary

expand /iks'pænd/
  • động từ
    • mở rộng, trải ra
    • nở ra, phồng ra, giãn
    • (toán học) khai triển
    • phát triển (một vấn đề...)
    • trở nên cởi mở

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 to become greater in size, number or importance; to make sth greater in size, number or importance: [V] Metals expand when they are heated. + Student numbers are expanding rapidly. + A child's vocabulary expands through reading. + The waist expands to fit all sizes. + [VN] In breathing the chest muscles expand the rib cage and allow air to be sucked into the lungs. + The new system expanded the role of family doctors. + There are no plans to expand the local airport.
2 if a business expands or is expanded, new branches are opened, it makes more money, etc: [VN] We've expanded the business by opening two more stores. + [V] an expanding economy (= with more businesses starting and growing)
3 [V] to talk more; to add details to what you are saying: I repeated the question and waited for her to expand.
Phrasal Verbs: expand on / upon sth to say more about sth and add some details: Could you expand on that point, please?

Thesaurus dictionary

1 enlarge, spread (out), extend, increase, open (out or up), swell, inflate, distend; unfold:
His waistline began to expand as he approached middle age.
2 prolong, lengthen, stretch, dilate:
An elastic valve expands easily.
3 increase, extend, amplify, magnify, broaden, widen, augment, heighten, develop:
The minister sought to expand his influence.
4 Often, expand on. detail, enlarge on, embellish, develop, amplify, expatiate on or upon, elaborate (on); flesh out:
The speaker expanded on the topic of health insurance.

Collocation dictionary


considerably, dramatically, enormously, greatly, hugely, massively, significantly, vastly
The business has expanded greatly over the last year.
| further | fast, quickly, rapidly | gradually, slowly | suddenly | steadily


aim to, be eager to, be keen to, hope to, look to, plan to, seek to, want to
The firm is looking to expand its operations overseas.
| help (to)
The store has helped expand the British cheese market by encouraging small dairy farmers.
| begin to | continue to | seem to


The number of managers has expanded from 700 to 1,300.
| into
The village has expanded into a town.
| to

Concise English dictionary

+extend in one or more directions
+become larger in size or volume or quantity
+make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
+grow stronger
+exaggerate or make bigger
+add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
+expand the influence of