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

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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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And yet, outside of enlarging the font on his computer, Bindel has always spurned technology for the visually impaired. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 But renovating all four schools, without additions, would cost taxpayers about $33.1 million. Renovating and enlarging three schools would cost $28.3 to $28.7 million. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Committee Discusses Which Schools To Close, Which To Fix," 12 June 2018 Her lower waterline was accented with eye-enlarging white liner, and her bottom lashes were enhanced with individual clusters of false lashes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kristen Stewart Chopped Off Her Hair and Bleached It Blonde Again," 16 Sep. 2018 Beijing has enlarged many of these smaller features by dredging sand from the sea floor, creating larger islands equipped with radars, guns, missiles, ports capable of handling warships, and military-grade airfields. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Chinese Military Official Suggests Ramming U.S. Warships in the South China Sea," 10 Dec. 2018 According to purchase receipts obtained by the Herald/Times, Biegalski in 2017 enlarged his personal office by taking over the conference room. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "This key agency answers to the governor and Cabinet, but they don't ask many questions," 12 June 2018 Although the origins of these blockages may be difficult to figure out, some cases may be related to a gastrointestinal infection that enlarges the lining of the appendix, inflammatory bowel disease, or even parasites. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV 'Home Town' Star Erin Napier Had an Undiagnosed Perforated Appendix for Years," 22 Oct. 2018 The wrongful death cases could enlarge the political debate about what failed Steinle: local immigration policies or federal mismanagement of guns? Washington Post, "Immigrant sentenced in Kate Steinle shooting as Steinle family prepares for next fight," 6 Mar. 2018 Perhaps the way out of today’s impasse is to enlarge the problem, not shrink it, and proceed strategically instead of adopting another short-term fix. Robert M. Gates, WSJ, "To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration," 18 Jan. 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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