Part of speech: noun

The act of expanding; increase; enlargement.

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Usage examples "expansion":

  1. Secondly, the expansion of yet nobler principles. - "The Growth of Thought As Affecting the Progress of Society", William Withington.
  2. Both, too, must propagate it; for culture consists in general expansion, and the last degree of personal perfection is attained only when shared with one's fellows. - "Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold", Matthew Arnold.
  3. The truth was, his habitual reticence would not have permitted a great degree of expansion in any case, but now the presence of Hilda made any but an attitude of hushed waiting for her words utterly impossible to him. - "The Blazed Trail", Stewart Edward White.