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
Recent Examples on the Web Click or tap to enlarge Researchers also want the antibodies raised by a vaccine to react to the envelope protein even though it is shrouded in an extraordinarily thick blanket of sugars that essentially mask HIV from the immune system. Scientific American, "20 Years in the Making: A New Approach to a Vaccine against HIV," 12 May 2020 This could mean a shot of medication called Pitocin (a synthetic hormone that can strengthen and speed up uterine contractions), an episiotomy (a surgical incision made to enlarge the vaginal opening) or the use of forceps to help deliver the baby. New York Times, "5 Common Childbirth Complications," 18 Apr. 2020 And leaders set the stage to enlarge the school’s respected nursing program in Portland. oregonlive, "As colleges struggle to survive, Linfield says it has recovered and will expand," 15 Feb. 2020 Land swaps between Israel and Palestinians would be used to enlarge Gaza, which also would be connected to the West Bank by high-speed rail. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Charts Two-State Course for Israelis, Palestinians," 29 Jan. 2020 Borden says the corridor would add to costs that already make the project unfeasible, suggesting that the company would have to enlarge the mine to be profitable. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 Former colonial power Italy also has a military training mission numbering several hundred troops, and on Tuesday, its premier didn’t rule out enlarging it. Ilya Arkhipov, Bloomberg.com, "Libya Civil War Cease-Fire Talks in Russia Fall Apart," 29 Apr. 2020 Once completed, the artwork will be presented to the St. Paul City Council and Ramsey County board, and the council and board will make a joint decision as to whether the new artwork will be enlarged and installed. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Historical society hosts competition for rotating replacements for St. Paul City Council’s controversial wall art," 8 Sep. 2019 Hover Zoom, a Chrome extension for enlarging images. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users," 18 July 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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The first known use of enlarge was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

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“Enlarge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlarge. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enlarge

: to make (something) larger or to become larger


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

Kids Definition of enlarge

: to make or grow larger : expand


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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