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.

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Low-level exposure causes trouble breathing, chest pain, vomiting, headaches and enlargement of the thyroid gland. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Suncor oil refinery operators hit by Colorado health department for emitting toxic gas," 1 July 2019 The Kremlin has long perceived the spread of democratization in its region, EU and NATO enlargement, and overthrow of the Yanukovych presidency in Ukraine as a possible threat— a form of encirclement by the West. Ani Chkhikvadze, The New Republic, "Why Georgia Brings Out Putin’s Insecurities," 25 June 2019 The impetus for enlargement came not from the United States but from the Central European leaders. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 10 May 2019 Emmanuel Macron’s argument that Europe must deepen before broadening concealed his fear that encouraging enlargement would help Marine Le Pen, his nationalist opponent. The Economist, "The EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia," 12 June 2019 An enlargement of Valeton’s photo was displayed at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans in 2015, as part of a program marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. . . . . . . Drew Broach, nola.com, "For D-Day anniversary, Bill Cassidy holds up famous Times-Picayune photograph," 6 June 2019 If the notion that enlargement can solve as well as create problems seems eccentric in parts of Europe, Macedonia’s reformers offer a corrective. The Economist, "The obstacles on Macedonia’s road to the EU," 28 June 2018 It’s characterized by enlargement of the little bumps on the tongue called filiform papillae. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Black Hairy Tongue Is a Real Medical Diagnosis," 7 Sep. 2018 Another feature discovered by studying satellite imagery is the enlargement of an earthen berm near a missile test site. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is North Korea's Nuclear Missile Sub Ready to Set Sail?," 19 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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