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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

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3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
  • like a wild animal enlarged from a leghold trap, the freed prisoner raced about

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How does the verb enlarge contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of enlarge are augment, increase, and multiply. While all these words mean "to make or become greater," enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity.

enlarged the kitchen

In what contexts can augment take the place of enlarge?

Although the words augment and enlarge have much in common, augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed.

the inheritance augmented his fortune

When might increase be a better fit than enlarge?

The words increase and enlarge are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition.

his waistline increased with age

increased her landholdings

Where would multiply be a reasonable alternative to enlarge?

While in some cases nearly identical to enlarge, 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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The first known use of enlarge was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Enlarge.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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