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[en-lahrj-muh nt] /ɛnˈlɑrdʒ mənt/
an act of enlarging; increase, expansion, or amplification.
anything, as a photograph, that is an enlarged form of something.
anything that enlarges something else; addition:
The new wing formed a considerable enlargement to the building.
Origin of enlargement
1530-40; enlarge + -ment
Related forms
preenlargement, noun
proenlargement, adjective
reenlargement, noun Unabridged
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  • Theories about brain enlargement, or the origins of monogamy, have been bandied about for years.
  • Cardiomyopathy is characterized by enlargement and ensuing weakening of the heart.
  • He brings the third dimension into play not only in action sequences but as an enlargement of everyday life.
  • Yet there was also a practical need for a drastic enlargement of scale.
  • Drugs that lower blood pressure can slow aortic enlargement.
  • It is an extremely select, exclusive view that only leads to a constant enlargement of the number of enemies to fight.
  • The lumbar enlargement gives attachment to the nerves which supply the lower limbs.
  • After parturition the uterus returns almost to its former condition, but certain traces of its enlargement remains.
  • As already explained, this space is produced by the enlargement and intercommunication of the spaces in the trophoblastic network.
  • They are merely one aspect of a much profounder and more momentous enlargement of human possibility.
British Dictionary definitions for enlargement


the act of enlarging or the condition of being enlarged
something that enlarges or is intended to enlarge
a photographic print that is larger than the negative from which it is made
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Word Origin and History for enlargement

1540s, from enlarge + -ment. Photographic sense is from 1866.

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