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This imperative seems a bit absract to me as well. Maybe you find some hints on the general use of the word helpful: eine Straße erweitern - to enlarge/broaden a road, seinen Horizont erweitern - to broaden one's horizon, die Firma erweitern - to enlarge the company, ein Land erweitern - to expand a country, die Software erweitern - to extend the software
That's a very sweet idea, but unfortunately that's not what you say. :)
"to make room (for someone)" - "(jemandem) Platz machen" (without article in front of "Platz"):
Kannst du mir bitte etwas Platz machen? - Can you make some room for me, please?
Macht Platz für den Krankenwagen! - Make room for the ambulance!
"to make way (for someone)" - (jemandem) den Weg freimachen (always with article)
I think what's commonly used when you want to be led through in a crowd would be "(jemanden) durchlassen" - literally: "to let someone through":
asked formally and politley: Würden/Könn(t)en Sie mich bitte durchlassen? - Would/could/Can you please let me through?" and when in a hurry: Lassen Sie mich durch, ich bin Arzt! - Let me through, I am a doctor! ;-)
Ha! A few years ago I was in a crowded breakfast cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A large group of fluent German speakers were blocking my path while speaking German with considerable intensity.
I said "Excuse me" a few times. Nothing. "Entschuldigung!" Everybody turned and jumped out of my way. It was pretty clear the English buffered up and got through at the same time as the German.
I can add a little to this discussion from an English viewpoint. The verb 'to elaborate' (usually followed by on or upon) can mean 'to add information or detail to an account, or to expand (upon)' according to my Collins dictionary. I leave it to others to decide whether this could be a possible translation of 'erweitern' . 'Please elaborate', (pronounced 'ielaboreht' in this context) would never be heard in common speech though, and one would usually say 'please tell me more', or 'please give further details'.
It is also the present tense form for wir and sie/Sie, as well as the imperative form for wir and Sie as used here. http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-german-verb-erweitern.html
It is not that the infinitive is used as an imperative, but that the same form of the word is used for both the infinitive and the imperative for wir and Sie, as well as for present tense for wir and sie/Sie. http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-german-verb-erweitern.html