Expand vs. Grow

By Jaxson

  • 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.

  • Grow (verb)

    (of a living thing) undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing physically

    “he would watch Nick grow to manhood”

    “grown men don’t act so stupidly”

  • Grow (verb)

    (of a plant) germinate and develop

    “morels grow in a variety of places”

  • Grow (verb)

    cause (plants) to germinate and develop

    “more land was needed to grow crops for export”

  • Grow (verb)

    allow or cause (a part of the body) to grow or develop

    “if a newt’s leg is amputated, it will grow a new one”

    “she grew her hair long”

  • Grow (verb)

    (of something abstract) come into existence and develop

    “a school of painting grew up in Cuzco”

    “the play grew out of a drama school project”

  • Grow (verb)

    become larger or greater over a period of time; increase

    “turnover grew to more than $100,000 within three years”

  • Grow (verb)

    develop or expand (something, especially a business)

    “entrepreneurs who are struggling to grow their businesses”

  • Grow (verb)

    become gradually or increasingly

    “sharing our experiences we grew braver”

  • Grow (verb)

    (of a person) come to feel or think something over time

    “supposing we had grown to know and love nuclear power”

Oxford Dictionary

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