- 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.
- to grow larger; increase; expand.
- to speak or write at large; expatiate: to enlarge upon a point.
Origin of enlarge
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1. extend, magnify, amplify, dilate. See increase.
1. diminish. 2. contract.
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Examples from the Web for enlarge
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Find a lonely voice and enlarge its significance—“one expert thinks there are no true human tails.”The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
There are no elections this year so, so for the moment the government does not need to enlarge its popular base.Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine
April 14, 2014
Economists should therefore help to enlarge the time horizon, as a contribution to the public good.America's Investment Crisis
October 7, 2010
Click the Image Below to Enlarge a Screengrab of Huma Mian's profile on social-networking site Orkut.com.The Would-Be Bomber's Wife
Asra Q. Nomani
May 6, 2010
Travel, says she—enlarge your mind—why, how big would she have it?
I shall not enlarge on this, since most of us are in a position to enlarge on it for ourselves.The Conquest of Fear
The Viceroy, constrained to enlarge him, allotted the town for his place of confinement.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
You tell me we ought to enlarge our sphere of sensation, and to extend the sources of happiness.Imogen
On this part of the subject, however, I must not enlarge at present.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- to make or grow larger in size, scope, etc; increase or expand
- (tr) to make (a photographic print) of a larger size than the negative
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) in greater detail; expatiate (on)
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Word Origin and History for enlarge
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