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enlarge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of enlarge

  1. 1 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number as the number of people with cell phones enlarges, more transmission towers will have to be built Synonyms of enlarge accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, increase, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, waxWords Related to enlarge jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peakAntonyms of enlarge contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane

  2. 2 to make greater in size, amount, or number with a new member of the family on the way, maybe we should consider enlarging the house Synonyms of enlarge accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, increase, escalate, expand, extend, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upWords Related to enlarge boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms of enlarge abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms of enlarge abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

  3. 3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) like a wild animal enlarged from a leghold trap, the freed prisoner raced about Synonyms of enlarge discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterWords Related to enlarge bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms of enlarge handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms of enlarge bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

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


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