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ex·pan·sion

expansion

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spaen shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of expanding, or the condition of being expanded.
The expansion of the supermarket will take four weeks.
antonyms:
contraction
similar words:
development, extension, growth, stretch
definition 2: something made larger by being expanded.
The writer's novel is an expansion of a short story he once wrote.
similar words:
growth