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.

Origin of enlarge

1350–1400; Middle English enlargen < Old French enlargir, enlarger. See en-1, large
Related formsen·large·a·ble, adjectiveen·larg·ed·ly [en-lahr-jid-lee, -lahrjd-] /ɛnˈlɑr dʒɪd li, -ˈlɑrdʒd-/, adverben·larg·ed·ness, nounen·larg·ing·ly, adverbpre·en·large, verb (used with object), pre·en·larged, pre·en·larg·ing.re·en·large, verb, re·en·larged, re·en·larg·ing.un·en·larged, adjectiveun·en·larg·ing, adjective

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Related Words for enlarging

waxing, increscent

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British Dictionary definitions for enlarging



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)
Derived Formsenlargeable, 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.

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