enlarge

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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj, en-\

Definition of enlarge

enlarged

enlarging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make larger :  extend <enlarged the family fortune with new investments>

  3. 2 :  to give greater scope to :  expand <education may enlarge one's view of the world>

  4. 3 :  to set free (as a captive)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to grow larger

  7. 2 :  to speak or write at length :  elaborate <let me enlarge upon that point>

enlargeable

play \-ˈlär-jə-bəl\ adjective

enlarger

noun

Examples of enlarge in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.


ENLARGE Defined for English Language Learners

enlarge

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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj, en-\

Definition of enlarge for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) larger or to become larger


ENLARGE Defined for Kids

enlarge

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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj\

Definition of enlarge for Students

enlarged

enlarging

  1. :  to make or grow larger :  expand


Medical Dictionary

enlarge

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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj\

Medical Definition of enlarge

enlarged

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enlarging

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make larger

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to grow larger



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