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[en-lahrj-muh nt]
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  1. an act of enlarging; increase, expansion, or amplification.
  2. anything, as a photograph, that is an enlarged form of something.
  3. anything that enlarges something else; addition: The new wing formed a considerable enlargement to the building.
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Origin of enlargement

First recorded in 1530–40; enlarge + -ment
Related formspre·en·large·ment, nounpro·en·large·ment, adjectivere·en·large·ment, noun
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growth, augmentation, amplification, spread, elongation, aggrandizement, extension

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British Dictionary definitions for enlargement


  1. the act of enlarging or the condition of being enlarged
  2. something that enlarges or is intended to enlarge
  3. a photographic print that is larger than the negative from which it is made
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Word Origin and History for enlargement


1540s, from enlarge + -ment. Photographic sense is from 1866.

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