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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. 2016.
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  • Franklin's body had not been enlarging, but as he saw Lee coming, his hand had flung his switch.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • They were daily enlarging their conceptions of distance and height and speed.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • We must not forget the pneumatic borer for cutting holes in wood or metal, or enlarging holes already existing.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • This enlarging of London makes it filled with lacqueys and pages.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Steady and protracted running is a great auxiliary in enlarging the lung-room.

  • He dug patiently, steadily, hour after hour, enlarging the hole by inches.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for enlarging


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 enlarging



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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