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

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The goal of the project is to commission four two-dimensional pieces that can be enlarged, potentially, and reproduced in the council chambers at 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Historical society hosts competition for rotating replacements for St. Paul City Council’s controversial wall art," 8 Sep. 2019 Once the wall was gone, the old cabinetry was ripped out, the kitchen island was enlarged, a trio of high windows above the fridge were eliminated and new flooring was laid. azcentral, "Couple downsizes but upgrades their Fountain Hills home with help of former Suns player. Take a look," 8 Aug. 2019 The classroom and administration building will have two second-story decks facing an interior quad area, and the parking lot will be enlarged and reconfigured. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Harbor Day School cleared for total makeover of CdM campus," 22 June 2019 Toy Story Land welcomes two new attractions to the already existing Toy Story Mania (which has been enlarged due to popular demand): the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster, and the spinning ride, Alien Swirling Saucers. USA TODAY, "Disney parks celebrate Pixar on both coasts," 29 June 2018 Over the decades, the park was enlarged and improved. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Queen Village makes room for memorial to a historic African American burial ground," 7 June 2018 In what many considered to be a pre-election giveaway, the government outlined plans to increase spending, which for the first time in 11 years would enlarge the size of the British state relative to GDP. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 Over millions of years, hominin faces flattened while the brain case enlarged. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "This newfound 3.8-million-year-old skull called ‘iconic’ in human evolution," 29 Aug. 2019 After the Broadmoor Hotel changed hands, in 2011, the new owner, Philip Anschutz, bought the property, eventually restoring and enlarging the lodge and building guest cabins, hoping to re-create the ranch and its era. Dallas News, "Ranch at Emerald Valley keeps traditions alive in Colorado," 20 Aug. 2019

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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

verb

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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