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 enlarge (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enlarger noun

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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 Many lawmakers and advocates also want to be sure ARPA-Health doesn’t end up draining money from NIH’s 27 existing institutes, and are lobbying Congress to enlarge the agency’s overall budget. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021 The town council Monday received a presentation on plans for about $29 million in construction costs to reconstruct and enlarge the Prosser Library and renovate and expand the McMahon libraries at their current sites. Steven Goode, courant.com, 25 May 2021 Once the new dam is built, the city can restore the lake to its full level, which will help increase water quality, increase the lake’s storage capacity, and enlarge the lake’s surface area for recreational users, McKinney said. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 The shelter wants to enlarge the building and build a pet facility on about four adjoining acres owned by the city. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 10 May 2021 Nest Hub devices also automatically enlarge the information on their screens when people are farther away and surface more granular details as people get closer. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 10 May 2021 This has clear benefits, including the potential to increase diversity and enlarge the talent pool, but also clear challenges. Dave Wright, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 President Donald Trump greatly reduced the monument boundaries, which President Joe Biden is now looking to restore, or possibly enlarge. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 The push to enlarge the schools budget even further has strong support from Republicans, who tried unsuccessfully in committee Friday to push for $9.6 billion. oregonlive, 15 May 2021

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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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“Enlarge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlarge. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enlarge

: to make (something) larger or to become larger


en·​large | \ in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio) \
enlarged; enlarging

Kids Definition of enlarge

: to make or grow larger : expand


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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