Is there an English verb for removing contractions from a body of text?

Like changing "I wasn't there" to "I was not there".

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    No, there isn't. Removing contractions is about as terse as one can get. Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 22:37
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    The opposite of contraction is expansion. But beware that removing all contractions in English will make you sound like a Martian.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 22:37
  • Opposite to words contraction, we may think to disjunction. But, I am not really sure that it will be understood in that sense.
    – Graffito
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 23:00
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    I believe this is part of their plan -- once they remove all English contractions, they will conquer us with ease. I, for one, welcome our new Martian overlords. Do you not?
    – deadrat
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 0:42
  • "Expanding the contractions" sounds like the best fit to describe it. Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 8:37

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By Googling "contraction antonym oxford" Oxford offered the following:

contraction: shorten (a word or phrase) by combination or elision. "these sources were called quasistellar objects, which was soon contracted to quasar"
synonyms: shorten, abbreviate, cut, reduce, abridge, truncate "the name ‘Jacquenard’ was soon contracted to ‘Jack’ in English"
antonyms: expand, lengthen

Search for "expand contraction" let to a number of grammar sites giving instructions for dictation; there was also a lead to

Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture:
By John Lavagnino p762 (p731 also) expand, expanded, expansion,

'later Crane texts expand contractions more than early Crane texts.'

I could find no word to describe the interpretation/ filling out of sigla which is a similar process, in which the whole page may be transliterated with sigla or in full.

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