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expansion

[ ik-span-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF expansion

Synonyms for expansion

  • development
  • enlargement
  • extension
  • increase
  • inflation
  • spread
  • amplification
  • augmentation
  • breadth
  • diffusion
  • dilation
  • distance
  • distension
  • evolution
  • expanse
  • magnification
  • maturation
  • multiplication
  • space
  • stretch
  • swelling
  • unfolding
  • opening out
  • unfurling
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Antonyms for expansion

  • abridgment
  • compression
  • decrease
  • reduction
  • shrinkage
  • lessening
  • stagnation
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPANSION

The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

In an unwonted mood of expansion he turned to Mali-ya-bwana.

Here the first step is absorption and expansion, not precipitation.

I will not run the risk of weakening this reasoning by expansion.

Such was the law of expansion; the earth was the heritage of the most numerous race.

In the expansion of his feelings he held out the letter to Ramond, and forced him to read it.

Together, with the expansion of business, grew also a political apprehension.

The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion.

Helen's next remark was in the natures of a reducer for the said expansion.

Jars may also be cracked by the expansion of the water when a battery freezes.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "anything spread out;" 1640s, "act of expanding," from French expansion, from Late Latin expansionem (nominative expansio) "a spreading out," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin expandere (see expand).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXPANSION

addition

nounsomething conjoined to or enlargement of something

amplification

nounincrease in size or effect
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