enlarge

verb
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 enlargeable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enlarger noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 In July, Perdue’s campaign took down an ad that seemed to enlarge Ossoff’s nose, prompting Ossoff’s campaign to accuse the senator of anti-Semitism. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Ossoff defends Warnock against 'anti-Israel' accusations, says Warnock is 'beloved friend' of Jewish community," 19 Nov. 2020 Odeh Hamayel, said his ninety-year-old grandfather, a U.S. citizen, owns more than four acres of land that was confiscated to enlarge the Psagot settlement. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Pompeo recasts U.S. policy towards Israel with visit to settlement winery," 19 Nov. 2020 But overall, Republicans are on track to surprisingly enlarge their minority caucus, and there is no clear evidence that money consistently determined outcomes in either direction. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "Political cash plentiful, not all-powerful," 16 Nov. 2020 These areas enlarge quickly, and in a few days, will be reddish-brown to brown leaf spots with clear, bright yellow margins. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Splotchy, black-specked leaves are likely sign of Guignardia leaf blotch. Here’s how to treat it.," 30 Aug. 2020 On Monday, the issuer unveiled its latest additions, which enlarge its already existing partnership with Uber and its Uber Eats division. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "American Express adds new Uber Eats perks to Green, Gold and Platinum cards," 26 Oct. 2020 To get the heavy equipment into the domes, workers have to enlarge the opening. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How and when the twin domes at San Onofre nuclear plant will come down," 23 Oct. 2020 The admissions of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, by contrast, would both be designed to enlarge the Democrats’ Senate majority. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Packing the U.S. Senate," 16 Oct. 2020 Biden, who has long positioned himself to the center of his party's most liberal positions, has embraced plans to enlarge the government's role in health care, education and the environment. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "5 questions heading into Donald Trump and Joe Biden's first presidential debate," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of enlarge was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2020

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“Enlarge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlarge. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for enlarge

enlarge

verb
How to pronounce enlarge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enlarge

: to make (something) larger or to become larger

enlarge

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

Kids Definition of enlarge

: to make or grow larger : expand

enlarge

verb
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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