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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. 2017.
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  • 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 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 William Godwin
  • On this part of the subject, however, I must not enlarge at present.

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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