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expand (one's) horizons

To have or seek out new experiences, especially if one's experiences have been relatively limited. I'm really nervous to live at school, but I know I need to expand my horizons and get some experience living without my family. I can't believe that Molly has never left the state before! She seriously needs to expand her horizons!
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expand (something) into (something)

1. To become larger or more extensive. Don't pull the cord on that, or it will expand into a raft!
2. To make something larger or more extensive. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "expand" and "into." Don't expand that into a raft just yet—wait till we get to the lake. The publisher wants me to expand my short story into a novella.
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expand (up)on (something)

To discuss a topic in more detail. This is such an important point that I'd like you to expand upon it when you revise your paper.
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expand into something

to grow into something; to enlarge into something. The little problem expanded into a big one in no time at all. In no time at all, the vegetable garden had expanded into a small farm.
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expand one's horizons

Fig. to experience and learn new things. Read more! Travel! Go out and expand your horizons!
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expand something into something

to enlarge something into something; to make something grow into something. She expanded her business into a national company. I would like to build on an addition to expand this room into a more usable space.
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expand (up)on something

 and enlarge (up)on something
Fig. to add detail to a report about something; to say more about something. Would you please expand upon that last remark? Would you care to enlarge upon your remarks?
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Seeking to keep his promise to give states more flexibility while expanding health insurance coverage to low-income people, President George W.
Of the remaining 14, 12 are being financed by Proposition DD, a $178 million bond measure approved in 1998 by city voters that calls for building, renovating and expanding 32 libraries citywide.
Prior to 1992, courts generally held that costs incurred in expanding an existing trade or business were deductible, based on the conclusion that the expenses did not create a "separate and distinct asset.
By expanding its PartnerNetwork Program, Vizioncore aims to help its partners drive the market for virtualization and is also looking to increase its reach into vertical sectors by attracting new partners with established customer bases and specific industry expertise.
Los Angeles' elected Charter Reform Commission failed Saturday to muster enough votes to support a ballot measure expanding the City Council from 15 to 25 members, amid concern the increase would cost more and dilute minority representation on the council.
cities; develops and manages the central TodaysMama Website; and oversees an expanding national franchise and licensing network.
Bud Bergren, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased to offer our customers in the Cumberland, New Philadelphia and Warsaw markets a greater selection of merchandise as a result of expanding the three stores, along with wider aisles, new fitting rooms and additional amenities.
DRC has been extremely successful in the personal lines market and we look forward to aggressively expanding our presence in the commercial area.
Plesk Expand is a powerful add-on to Plesk 7 that offers hosting providers centralized management of their expanding multi-server Plesk environments.
Bland Bankart is part of an expanding European and Global network, with facilities for arranging and servicing insurance, risk management and financial services programs throughout the world.
The establishment of Expand Australia and South Africa is a logical extension of our rapidly expanding business that currently boasts over 15,000 deployed ACCELERATOR units in more than 70 countries," said Zohar Pearl, CEO of Expand.