Expand vs. Grow

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  • Expand (verb)

    To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one; to spread out or lay open.

    "You can expand this compact umbrella to cover a large table."

  • Expand (verb)

    To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).

    "A flower expands its leaves."

  • Expand (verb)

    To express (something) at length and/or in detail.

  • Expand (verb)

    To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    "Use the binomial theorem to expand"



    "x4 + 4x3 + 6x2 + 4x + 1."

  • Expand (verb)

    To multiply both the numerator and the denominator of a fraction by the same natural number yielding a fraction of equal value

  • Expand (verb)

    To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.

    "Many materials expand when heated."

    "This compact umbrella expands to cover a large table."

  • Expand (verb)

    To (be) increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.

  • Expand (verb)

    To speak or write at length or in detail.

    "He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!"

  • Expand (verb)

    To feel generous or optimistic.

  • Grow (verb)

    To become bigger.

    "Children grow quickly."

  • Grow (verb)

    To appear or sprout.

    "Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached."

    "A long tail began to grow from his backside."

  • Grow (verb)

    To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.

    "He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden."

    "Have you ever grown your hair before?"

  • Grow (verb)

    To assume a condition or quality over time.

    "The boy grew wise as he matured."

    "The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled."

    "You have grown strong."

  • Grow (verb)

    To become attached or fixed; to adhere.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Expand

    To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves.

  • Expand

    To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; - opposed to contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence.

  • Expand

    To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.

  • Expand (verb)

    To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.

  • Grow (verb)

    To increase in size by a natural and organic process; to increase in bulk by the gradual assimilation of new matter into the living organism; - said of animals and vegetables and their organs.

  • Grow (verb)

    To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue.

  • Grow (verb)

    To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries.

  • Grow (verb)

    To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become; as, to grow pale.

  • Grow (verb)

    To become attached or fixed; to adhere.

  • Grow

    To cause to grow; to cultivate; to produce; as, to grow a crop; to grow wheat, hops, or tobacco.

Webster Dictionary
  • Expand (verb)

    extend in one or more directions;

    "The dough expands"

  • Expand (verb)

    become larger in size or volume or quantity;

    "his business expanded rapidly"

  • Expand (verb)

    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity;

    "expand the house by adding another wing"

  • Expand (verb)

    grow stronger;

    "The economy was booming"

  • Expand (verb)

    exaggerate or make bigger;

    "The charges were inflated"

  • Expand (verb)

    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing;

    "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

  • Expand (verb)

    expand the influence of;

    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

  • Grow (verb)

    pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become;

    "The weather turned nasty"

    "She grew angry"

  • Grow (verb)

    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain;

    "The problem grew too large for me"

    "Her business grew fast"

  • Grow (verb)

    increase in size by natural process;

    "Corn doesn't grow here"

    "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"

  • Grow (verb)

    cause to grow or develop;

    "He grows vegetables in his backyard"

  • Grow (verb)

    develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation;

    "He matured fast"

    "The child grew fast"

  • Grow (verb)

    come into existence; take on form or shape;

    "A new religious movement originated in that country"

    "a love that sprang up from friendship"

    "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"

    "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

  • Grow (verb)

    cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques;

    "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines"

    "They produce good ham in Parma"

    "We grow wheat here"

    "We raise hogs here"

  • Grow (verb)

    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);

    "He grew a beard"

    "The patient developed abdominal pains"

    "I got funny spots all over my body"

    "Well-developed breasts"

  • Grow (verb)

    grow emotionally or mature;

    "The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten"

    "When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"

  • Grow (verb)

    become attached by or as if by the process of growth;

    "The tree trunks had grown together"

Princeton's WordNet

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