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[en-lahrj] /ɛnˈlɑrdʒ/
verb (used with object), enlarged, enlarging.
1.
to make larger; increase in extent, bulk, or quantity; add to:
They enlarged the house by adding an east wing.
2.
to increase the capacity or scope of; expand:
We've decided to enlarge the company.
3.
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.
4.
to grow larger; increase; expand.
5.
to speak or write at large; expatiate:
to enlarge upon a point.
Origin of enlarge
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English enlargen < Old French enlargir, enlarger. See en-1, large
Related forms
enlargeable, adjective
enlargedly
[en-lahr-jid-lee, -lahrjd-] /ɛnˈlɑr dʒɪd li, -ˈlɑrdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
enlargedness, noun
enlargingly, adverb
preenlarge, verb (used with object), preenlarged, preenlarging.
reenlarge, verb, reenlarged, reenlarging.
unenlarged, adjective
unenlarging, adjective
Synonyms
1. extend, magnify, amplify, dilate. See increase.
Antonyms
1. diminish. 2. contract.
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  • My only desire is to develop and enlarge the sphere of your conceptions.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • Travel, says she—enlarge your mind—why, how big would she have it?

  • It would silence agrarian complaint and enlarge the number of proprietors.'

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
  • I shall not enlarge on this, since most of us are in a position to enlarge on it for ourselves.

  • Very unwisely, as I think, the Vicar allowed the Angel to go down into the village by himself, to enlarge his ideas of humanity.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for enlarge

enlarge

/ɪnˈlɑːdʒ/
verb
1.
to make or grow larger in size, scope, etc; increase or expand
2.
(transitive) to make (a photographic print) of a larger size than the negative
3.
(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
v.

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.

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