enlarge

verb
en·​large | \ in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio) , en-\
enlarged; enlarging

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 enlarge a captive

intransitive verb

1 : to grow larger
2 : to speak or write at length : elaborate let me enlarge upon that point

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Other Words from enlarge

enlargeable \ in-​ˈlär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce enlargeable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enlarger noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of enlarge in a Sentence

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

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While still derived from Skylake, it has been improved to execute more instructions in parallel and with lower latency, and certain buffers and caches have also been enlarged. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove," 12 Dec. 2018 At age nine, Harper’s heart was already enlarged from ongoing heart disease, which would inevitably progress to congestive heart failure (CHF). Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 The position of junior minister for gender equality, Marlene Schiappa, is enlarged to include all fights against discrimination. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "Macron seeks new start in French govt reshuffle in TV speech," 16 Oct. 2018 While much of the Homewood exhibit was prepared by the Historic New Orleans Collection and sent on this national tour, the display has been enlarged to explain Baltimore’s specific role. Washington Post, "Documenting the slave trade past of Baltimore, and Homewood," 28 June 2018 While much of the Homewood exhibit was prepared by the Historic New Orleans Collection and sent on this national tour, the display has been enlarged to explain Baltimore’s specific role. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Documenting the slave trade past of Baltimore, and Homewood," 23 June 2018 The store has moved its entire beauty section to the second floor and enlarged it by about 40 percent. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "How to Cure the Makeup Counter Blues," 23 May 2018 Download and print our profile templates, then use a photocopier to enlarge them by 130 percent. Laura Fenton, Country Living, "Profile Bulletin Boards," 1 Jan. 2010 Related question: Is sudoku easier or harder with tools instead of numbers? Click the image to enlarge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Tool Sudoku Puzzle Answer," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of enlarge

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for enlarge

Middle English, from Anglo-French enlarger, enlargir, from en- + large broad, large

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enlarge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enlarge

: to make (something) larger or to become larger

enlarge

verb
en·​large | \ in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio) \
enlarged; enlarging

Kids Definition of enlarge

: to make or grow larger : expand

enlarge

verb
en·​large | \ in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio) \
enlarged; enlarging

Medical Definition of enlarge

transitive verb

: to make larger

intransitive verb

: to grow larger

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