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 Other symptoms can include mild enlargement of the liver or spleen, swollen glands, or swelling at the site of the bite. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "'Murder Hornets' are in the United States. These other dangerous bugs are more common," 4 May 2020 Galassi’s catalogue essay relates how Avedon willingly provided the collector with a six-by-five-foot enlargement of a contact sheet made for a 1972 portrait of Groucho Marx. Steven Litt, cleveland, "‘Proof’ at Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates lost art of the contact sheet in age of film roll photography," 9 Feb. 2020 French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to allow any new countries into the 28-nation bloc until its enlargement procedures have been reformed, while the Netherlands opposes Albania’s candidacy and disputes the commission’s assessment. Predrag Milic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Interview: Montenegro PM: Wrapping up Brexit is positive," 21 Oct. 2019 Yet even without such unity, the bloc is already a major construction site — with changes pondered in foreign affairs, business, defense and enlargement into the Balkans, just to name a few projects aimed at making the EU reach its full potential. Washington Post, "With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle," 14 Feb. 2020 The French, who once owned the territory, harvested the roots of the blue-flowered chicory plant to make teas and medicines to treat jaundice, liver enlargement gout, and rheumatism. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Chicory Root Coffee Good for You? Here's What to Know About Its Health Benefits," 3 Feb. 2020 He has been accused of acting unilaterally (by blocking EU enlargement in the Western Balkans), and over-reaching (by trying to engineer direct talks between America and Iran). The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron warns Europe: NATO is becoming brain-dead," 7 Nov. 2019 Diplomats in Brussels expect that at another EU summit in Croatia in May, leaders could discuss French suggestions on how to revamp the enlargement process and unblock North Macedonia’s and Albania’s membership bids. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "EU Reluctance Unsettles Western Balkans’ Search for Secure Future," 4 Feb. 2020 Challenge: Emmanuel Macron has blocked the start of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia and is seeking a reform of the entire enlargement process before any such talks can begin. Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg.com, "What’s Wrong With Europe and How Its New Chief Plans to Fix It," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of enlargement was in 1540

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“Enlargement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlargement. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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