Expand and Shorten


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Expand verb – To express more fully and in greater detail.
Usage example: an article on the First Ladies that the author later expanded into a book

Shorten is an antonym for expand in topics: make bigger, extend, go into detail.
Nearby Words: expanded, expanse, expansion, expansive, expanding
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Shorten verb – To make less in extent or duration.
Usage example: if Grandma has to go shopping today, you'll need to shorten your visit

Expand is an antonym for shorten in topics: cut, diminish.
Nearby Words: short, shortly, shortness, shortening
Antonyms for Shorten
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Common collocations

career expand career shorten career
list expand list shorten list
range expand range shorten range
time expand time shorten time
Other nouns: bit, game, story, bodies.
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Shorten and Expand. (2016). Retrieved 2021, June 18, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/expand/shorten
Expand & Shorten. N.p., 2016. Web. 18 Jun. 2021. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/expand/shorten>.
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