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[en-lahrj] /ɛnˈlɑrdʒ/
verb (used with object), enlarged, enlarging.
to make larger; increase in extent, bulk, or quantity; add to:
They enlarged the house by adding an east wing.
to increase the capacity or scope of; expand:
We've decided to enlarge the company.
to make (a photographic print) larger than the negative by projecting the negative's image through a lens onto photographic printing paper.
verb (used without object), enlarged, enlarging.
to grow larger; increase; expand.
to speak or write at large; expatiate:
to enlarge upon a point.
Origin of enlarge
1350-1400; Middle English enlargen < Old French enlargir, enlarger. See en-1, large
Related forms
enlargeable, adjective
[en-lahr-jid-lee, -lahrjd-] /ɛnˈlɑr dʒɪd li, -ˈlɑrdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
enlargedness, noun
enlargingly, adverb
preenlarge, verb (used with object), preenlarged, preenlarging.
reenlarge, verb, reenlarged, reenlarging.
unenlarged, adjective
unenlarging, adjective
1. extend, magnify, amplify, dilate. See increase.
1. diminish. 2. contract. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for enlarge
  • You'll probably want to click on this one so you can enlarge and actually read it.
  • They discover and promote emerging talent, and help established designers refine and enlarge their aesthetic and commercial goals.
  • Hilarity in a cramped space, which fame cannot enlarge.
  • It should identify its interests and acquire the means to protect them as necessary and enlarge them as feasible.
  • Before puberty they are of small size, but enlarge as the generative organs become more completely developed.
  • Two movable iron cheeks or plates, still used in cooking-stoves to enlarge or contract the grate at pleasure.
  • To enlarge its limits is to extend the dominions of peace over additional territories and increasing millions.
  • The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.
  • To educate the intelligence is to enlarge the horizon of its desires and wants.
  • The excursions you take may or may not enlarge your topic, but they will certainly enrich it.
British Dictionary definitions for enlarge


to make or grow larger in size, scope, etc; increase or expand
(transitive) to make (a photographic print) of a larger size than the negative
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) in greater detail; expatiate (on)
Derived Forms
enlargeable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for enlarge

mid-14c., "grow fat, increase;" c.1400, "make larger," from Old French enlargier "to make large," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + large (see large). Related: Enlarged; enlarging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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