- 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 enlarging
Even a frugal firm like Wal-Mart is enlarging its Silicon Valley presence.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
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I initially had great hopes that this 10-part miniseries would have a tangible impact on enlarging the jazz audience.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
They also discussed the possibilities of enlarging the energy contracts for Russian oil companies.Russia Angles for More Mideast Influence by Selling Arms to Iraq and Buying Its Oil
October 20, 2012
As a result of World War II, European artists migrated to America enlarging the scene and diminishing Paris as the center.Brave New Art World
February 2, 2009
I have from time to time since been employed in correcting and enlarging it.
The other assented with enthusiasm, enlarging volubly on the beauties of the situation.Tales of Unrest
He soon succeeded in enlarging the hole enough to permit his entrance.Followers of the Trail
And instinctively his hands went to his belt to seize his enlarging drug.
Alan was helpless to aid me; they had taken all of the enlarging drug they had.
- 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 enlarging
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