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"expansion" in British English

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expansionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪkˈspæn.ʃən/ us /ɪkˈspæn.ʃən/

B2 the increase of something in size, number, or importance:

the rapid expansion of the software industry
Expansion into new areas of research is possible.
an expansion of industry

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

"expansion" in Business English

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expansionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪkˈspænʃən/ us ECONOMICS, COMMERCE

an increase in the size, number, or importance of something:

a rapid/major/massive expansion the rapid expansion of the software industry
the planned/possible expansion of sth The document outlines the planned expansion of the programme across the UK.
expansion into sth Expansion into new areas of research is possible.
an expansion plan/programme/project
support/allow/encourage expansion
fund/finance expansion

(Definition of “expansion” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)