enlarge

verb

en·​large in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio)
en-
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 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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Enlarge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlarge. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

enlarge

verb
en·​large in-ˈlärj How to pronounce enlarge (audio)
enlarged; enlarging
1
: to make or grow larger : increase, expand
2
: to give more details : elaborate
enlarge on a story
enlarger noun

Medical Definition

enlarge

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

transitive verb

: to make larger

intransitive verb

: to grow larger

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