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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj, en-\

: to make (something) larger or to become larger

en·largeden·larg·ing

Full Definition of ENLARGE

transitive verb
1
:  to make larger :  extend <enlarged the family fortune with new investments>
2
:  to give greater scope to :  expand <education may enlarge one's view of the world>
3
:  to set free (as a captive)
intransitive verb
1
:  to grow larger
2
:  to speak or write at length :  elaborate <let me enlarge upon that point>
en·large·able \-ˈlär-jə-bəl\ adjective
en·larg·er noun

Examples of ENLARGE

  1. We had the photograph enlarged.
  2. <as the number of people with cell phones enlarges, more transmission towers will have to be built>

Origin of ENLARGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French enlarger, enlargir, from en- + large broad, large
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ENLARGE

increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity <his waistline increased with age>; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition <increased her landholdings>. enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity <enlarged the kitchen>. augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed <the inheritance augmented his fortune>. multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process <with each attempt the problems multiplied>.
ENLARGEABLE Defined for Kids

enlarge

verb en·large \in-ˈlärj\
en·largeden·larg·ing

Definition of ENLARGE for Kids

:  to make or grow larger :  expand
Medical Dictionary

enlarge

verb en·large \in-ˈlärj\
en·largeden·larg·ing

Medical Definition of ENLARGE

transitive verb
:  to make larger
intransitive verb
:  to grow larger

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