Expand and Shorten


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.


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

Common collocations

list expand list shorten list
range expand range shorten range
time expand time shorten time
bit expand bit shorten bit
Other words: game, story, operations, bodies.
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