Definition of enlarge
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
1 : to grow larger
2 : to speak or write at length : elaborate let me enlarge upon that point
enlargeableplay \in-ˈlär-jə-bəl, en-\ adjective
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 of enlarge from the Web
If one section of the web catches more prey, the spider may enlarge that part in the future.
The expansion enlarged the original 1907 Carnegie Library, which still serves as a beautiful entryway to the modern and airy site.
A spokesman for the State Department, Eric Watnick, declined to comment on interagency issues and officials at the Justice Department and FBI declined to enlarge on the letter, citing an ongoing lawsuit in which Arar is seeking damages.
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Origin and Etymology of enlarge
Middle English, from Anglo-French enlarger, enlargir, from en- + large broad, large
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of enlarge
ENLARGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enlarge for English Language Learners
: to make (something) larger or to become larger
ENLARGE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of enlarge
transitive verb: to make larger
intransitive verb: to grow larger
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