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"expand" in British English

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expandverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspænd/
B2 to ​increase in ​size, ​number, or ​importance, or to make something ​increase in this way: The ​air in the ​balloon expands when ​heated. They expanded ​theirretailoperations during the 1980s.

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(Definition of expand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expand" in American English

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expandverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪkˈspænd/
to ​increase something in ​size, ​number, or ​importance: [I] The ​air in the ​balloon expands when ​heated. [T] They expanded ​theirnumber of ​storessignificantly in the 1990s.
expansion
noun [U]  us   /ɪkˈspæn·ʃən/
Expansion into new ​areas of ​research might be ​possible.
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"expand" in Business English

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expandverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspænd/ ECONOMICS, COMMERCE
to ​increase in ​size, ​number, or ​importance, or to make something ​increase in this way: expand into sth These ​companies need to expand into new ​markets because they have ​reachedmarketsaturation at ​home. expand rapidly/greatly/significantlyexpand the range/scope/capacity Supermarkets continue to expand the ​range of ​products and ​servicesoffered in their ​outlets. expand a ​business/​company/​programme Productioncapacity could expand by up to 30%, thus ​bringing down ​prices.
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(Definition of expand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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