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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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* Company capacity shares for key Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) producers
(17) did not find a significant difference between the biomechanics of three different expandable cages, the Synex, VBR, and X-tenz (DePuy AcroMed, Sulzbach, Germany) when compared to the titanium mesh cage in an in vitro study.
The eMachines T3616 Desktop PC features an AMD Sempron 3600+ processor (2.0GHz, 256KB L2 cache, 160MHz FSB), NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics with up to 128MB shared video and 512MB DDR2 Memory Expandable to 2GB.
Recently, an expandable femoral component for total hip replacement with an inflatable distal stem body was developed (Fixion[R] Hip System, Disc Orthopaedic Technologies Inc, Monroe Township, New Jersey) (Fig.
In addition, Nova introduced this year a 25% smaller size of its Arcel expandable bead, which consists of an interpenetrating network of 70% PS/30% PE.
(AMEC) is the exclusive supplier of ALVAN[R] Expandable Reamers, in North America.
The board is expandable with five 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (V2.2 compliant) and includes one AGP PRO slot (support up to 8x mode) for smooth and realistic graphics.
Disposable Article Having An Expandable Component: No.
Code can be debugged at source level in either 'Assembler' or 'C', with 8K hardware trace buffer (expandable to 16K), ensuring that difficult bugs can be identified and rectified in real time.
The wide-field-of-view trainer includes a day-night high-fidelity visual system; a common glass cockpit; the ability to use night vision goggles; and expandable hardware and software to encompass additional missions such as combat search and rescue.
Quick Response is wireless and expandable. It is easy and economical to set up and can be used to enhance or replace existing nurse call systems.
The new Rocky Mountain Snyper [TM] broadhead is a super tough, two-blade expandable head from the broadhead experts at Barrie Archery.
Also recently introduced is the Abaer [TM] (automated brain-stem auditory evoked response) system that offers the industry's three leading screening methodologies in a single, expandable platform.