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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!
See also: expand, horizon

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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!
See also: expand, horizon

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?
See also: expand, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Counselors need to learn ab out and include such contextual factors in their career assessments in order to develop effective intervention strategies to help clients constructively negotiate career/education barriers and expand their career-related learning opportunities.
While applauding the opportunity to expand coverage, some policy makers are concerned about the impact of reducing health care benefits for such a large population in order to pay for continued expansions.
The expanded definition of principal place of business will restore the home office deduction to thousands of taxpayers this year, many of them small business owners.
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Third, rehabilitation counseling programs need to expand their student recruitment efforts to include students who have undergraduate degrees in human resources, organizational behavior, business, and management.
Before that, we would like to expand our footprint to mainland China and the US, which are two very important markets.
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Nearly 20 percent of low-income people in states that did not expand Medicaid said they did without needed medical care in the previous 12 months because they could not afford it compared to 9.4 percent in states that expanded the program.
Salt Lake City, UT, August 23, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Expand Learning Solutions (ELS), a locally-owned and operated computer software and business skills training center, has confirmed new ownership.