enlarge

verb en·large \ in-ˈlärj , en- \

Definition of enlarge

enlarged; enlarging
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

enlargeable

play \in-ˈlär-jə-bəl, en-\ adjective

enlarger

noun

Examples of enlarge in a Sentence

  1. We had the photograph enlarged.

  2. as the number of people with cell phones enlarges, more transmission towers will have to be built

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Origin and Etymology of enlarge

Middle English, from Anglo-French enlarger, enlargir, from en- + large broad, large

Synonym Discussion of 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


ENLARGE Defined for English Language Learners

enlarge

verb

Definition of enlarge for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) larger or to become larger


ENLARGE Defined for Kids

enlarge

verb en·large \ in-ˈlärj \

Definition of enlarge for Students

enlarged; enlarging
:to make or grow larger :expand

Medical Dictionary

enlarge

verb en·large \ in-ˈlärj \

medical Definition of enlarge

enlarged; enlarging
transitive verb
:to make larger
intransitive verb
:to grow larger


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