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enlarge

[ en-lahrj ]
/ ɛnˈlɑrdʒ /
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verb (used with object), en·larged, en·larg·ing.

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), en·larged, en·larg·ing.

to grow larger; increase; expand.
to speak or write at large; expatiate: to enlarge upon a point.

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Origin of enlarge

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English enlargen, from Old French enlargir, enlarger. See en-1, large
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British Dictionary definitions for enlarge

enlarge
/ (ɪnˈlɑːdʒ) /

verb

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)
enlargeable, adjective
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