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verb en·large \in-ˈlärj, en-\

Definition of enlarge

enlarged

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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 enlarge 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 \in-ˈlär-jə-bəl, en-\ 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

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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

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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

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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

;

enlarging

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make larger

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to grow larger



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