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
Recent Examples on the Web Among the possibilities being considered, the most likely options will be drilling a larger, second tunnel or enlarging the existing one, said Bruce Sexauer, chief of the Corps' Alaska district civil works branch. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system," 11 Nov. 2019 Iran has recently gone beyond the limitations of the nuclear agreement by increasing its nuclear stockpile, enriching uranium at higher levels, and enlarging the number of centrifuges in use. BostonGlobe.com, "Iran will begin injecting uranium gas into the 1,044 centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear facility, Rouhani said; the 2015 agreement had restricted the centrifuges to uses other than nuclear enrichment.," 6 Nov. 2019 Khama’s government was accused of intimidating the media and political opponents, suspending judges, enlarging the powers of intelligence agencies, and sanctioning extra-judicial killings. James Kirby, Quartz Africa, "The story behind Botswana’s closest-ever election and how its consequences will play out," 26 Oct. 2019 Both would enrich your own life and enlarge your circle. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Military spouse is lonely and worn thin and wants to stick it out. But how?," 14 Oct. 2019 Both would enrich your own life and enlarge your circle. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Military spouse details home front struggles," 14 Oct. 2019 Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A space odyssey with Brad Pitt in ‘Ad Astra’," 18 Sep. 2019 The effect, called enlarged external occipital protuberance, used to be so uncommon, Sayers said, that one of its early observers, toward the end of the 19th century, objected to its title. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 Cisneros backed up their truck — a Bergkamp FP5 Flameless Pothole Patcher, to be exact — while Sanchez squared off the hole, using a jackhammer to enlarge its dimensions to about 2 feet by 5. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "On the prowl with S.A.’s pothole patrol," 23 May 2018

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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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enlarge

verb
How to pronounce enlarge (audio)

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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