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expand ex‧pand [ɪkˈspænd] verb [intransitive, transitive]
1. to become larger in size, amount, or number, or to make something larger in size, amount, or number:

• If banks increase their lending, the money supply will expand.

• The money will be invested on upgrading sorting offices and expanding the Post Office vehicle fleet.

2. COMMERCE if an economy, industry, or business activity expands, it gets bigger or more successful:

• The business was growing very rapidly and expanding abroad.

• Many firms borrowed heavily to expand their businesses.

• The Chancellor is predicting that the economy will expand at 3% a year.

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• Western car makers are hoping to expand into Eastern Europe.

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expand UK US /ɪkˈspænd/ verb [I or T] 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 reached market saturation at home.

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expand rapidly/greatly/significantly

expand the range/scope/capacity »

Supermarkets continue to expand the range of products and services offered in their outlets.

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expand a business/company/programme

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Production capacity could expand by up to 30%, thus bringing down prices.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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