Antonyms for expand

Grammar : Verb
Spell : ik-spand
Phonetic Transcription : ɪkˈspænd

Definition of expand

Origin :
  • 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.
  • verb extend, augment
  • verb go into detail
Example sentences :
  • I breathed freely, and my form seemed to expand itself with buoyant life.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Not being a knowledge of the whole truth it should be humble, tolerant, and eager to expand.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Surely it is much better to let their natural affections have time to expand.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • Your heart will expand; your manly strength will increase a hundredfold.
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola
  • It is recognized that brick will expand and contract with changes in temperature.
  • Extract from : « American Rural Highways » by T. R. Agg
  • He has used man's highways and cars by means of which to expand his area.
  • Extract from : « The Meaning of Evolution » by Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Then, how I would toil, toil, prune and expand his feeble ideas!
  • Extract from : « Melomaniacs » by James Huneker
  • And where it had been incapable of expansion, it slowly began to expand.
  • Extract from : « The Twins of Suffering Creek » by Ridgwell Cullum
  • They should be placed so that the cane is able to expand as it grows.
  • Extract from : « Manual of American Grape-Growing » by U. P. Hedrick
  • Why could it not expand before you pumped the air out from around it?
  • Extract from : « Common Science » by Carleton W. Washburne

Synonyms for expand

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