em·​big·​gen em-ˈbi-gən How to pronounce embiggen (audio)
embiggened; embiggening

transitive verb

informal + humorous
: to make bigger or more expansive : enlarge, expand
This incredible chart was the final product. (Click to embiggen.)Erik Malinowski
There are many painters who rely on computers as a tool or arbitrary gimmick, but the recent striated abstract paintings of Linda Day translate digital structures into painting language in a seamless way that embiggens both.Doug Harvey

Examples of embiggen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the rich performances of the actors who embiggen those potential stereotypes have much to do with the success of Next Act Theatre's new production, which opened Friday evening. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2023 That should embiggen the fun, as Ms. Marvel might say. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2020

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Word History


em- + big entry 1 + -en entry 2

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of embiggen was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Embiggen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embiggen. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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