en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) , en- \

Definition of enlargement

1 : an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2 : a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.
Recent Examples on the Web French President Emmanuel Macron blocked enlargement talks in 2019, saying new members would make an already unwieldy decision-making process even more difficult. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 In more severe prostate enlargement, medications may not be enough, and one of many different types of surgical procedures is considered. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 But this double movement, simultaneously toward the enlargement of intensity and the routine of formula, tells us something about the strange terrain of Doerr’s novels, which leave so little for the mean, for the middle. James Wood, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Bush's support for NATO enlargement angered Putin, who also objected to the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2003 on the grounds that there was no evidence Saddam Hussein had a large stockpile of nuclear weapons, as Washington alleged. USA Today, 15 June 2021 The researchers found a possible link between brain enlargement during the first year of life and an autism diagnosis at age 2. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 27 May 2021 Part of Mohajir’s vision of that enlargement would include removing an undetermined amount of seats and moving the football coaches’ offices from Wayne Densch Sports Center to a new structure on the South end zone area. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Merkel has stepped down as the leader of her party, and a shakeup is expected—an enlargement of the nationalist bloc, or a realignment of centrists behind Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 How patients benefit: An enlargement of the existing center will provide room for services such as an Urgent Care, behavioral health, orthopedics, sports medicine, corporate health and more. Julie Washington, cleveland, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enlargement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlargement. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enlargement

: the act of making something larger or of becoming larger
: a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Kids Definition of enlargement

1 : an act of making or growing larger
2 : the state of having been made or having grown larger
3 : a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Medical Definition of enlargement

: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged enlargement of the heart


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