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Meaning of ENLARGE

Pronunciation:  en'lârj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make larger; "She enlarged the flower beds"
  2. [v]  become larger or bigger
  3. [v]  (photography) make large; "blow up an image"
  4. [v]  add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

ENLARGE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: blow up, dilate, elaborate, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
 Antonyms: reduce, scale down
 See Also: amplify, clarify, clear up, deepen, detail, elucidate, exemplify, expand, grow, illustrate, increase, instance, magnify, particularise, particularize, ream, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*large"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enlarged}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Enlarging}.] [OF. enlargier; pref. en- (L. in) + F.
    large wide. See {Large}.]
    1. To make larger; to increase in quantity or dimensions; to
       extend in limits; to magnify; as, the body is enlarged by
       nutrition; to enlarge one's house.
             To enlarge their possessions of land. --Locke.
    2. To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope
       or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy,
       affection, and the like; as, knowledge enlarges the mind.
             O ye Corinthians, our . . . heart is enlarged. --2
                                                   Cor. vi. 11.
    3. To set at large or set free. [Archaic]
             It will enlarge us from all restraints. --Barrow.
    {Enlarging hammer}, a hammer with a slightly rounded face of
       large diameter; -- used by gold beaters. --Knight.
    {To enlarge an} {order or rule} (Law), to extend the time for
       complying with it. --Abbott.
    {To enlarge one's self}, to give free vent to speech; to
       spread out discourse. ``They enlarged themselves on this
       subject.'' --Clarendon.
    {To enlarge the heart}, to make free, liberal, and
    Syn: To increase; extend; expand; spread; amplify; augment;
         magnify. See {Increase}.
  2. \En*large"\, v. i.
    1. To grow large or larger; to be further extended; to
       expand; as, a plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges
       by good management; a volume of air enlarges by
    2. To speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or
       writing; to expatiate; to dilate.
             To enlarge upon this theme.           --M. Arnold.
    3. (Naut.) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's
       course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.
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