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expand verb

ADV. 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

VERB + EXPAND 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

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