What is the opposite of contracting?

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Noun
Opposite of the act of squeezing or compressing
Noun
Opposite of the act of constricting, the state of being constricted, or something that constricts
Noun
Opposite of engagement or employment
Noun
Opposite of the action of giving work to someone
Noun
Opposite of the action of hiring someone for a job
“The workers are surprised, very sad, and in despair over the sudden dismissal of our CEO.”
Verb
Opposite of catching a disease or illness
“He is in bed, recovering from a cold.”
Verb
Opposite of in a period of decrease or decline
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to enter into a formal and legally binding agreement
“The company would terminate its agreement with the vendor due to poor customer service.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to hire or be hired
“Management will likely dismiss John from his position should he elicit another poor review for his job performance.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent)
“He would avert the common cold by avoiding public transport.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to shorten (a word or phrase) by combination or elision
“Ian preferred to expand his words in full and rather than use an abbreviated version.”
Verb
(of a muscle) Opposite of present participle for to become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
“I like to start my workout with some light cardio to relax the muscles.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to draw together so as to wrinkle
“She would broaden her smile when she felt his gaze fall upon her.”
Adjective
Opposite of gradually reducing
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