transitive verb-·larged′, -·larg′ing
- to make larger; increase in size, volume, extent, etc.; broaden; expand
- Photog. to reproduce on a larger scale
Origin of enlargeMiddle English enlargen from Old French enlargier: see en- and large
- to become larger; increase in size, extent, etc.; expand
- to speak or write at greater length or in greater detail; expatiate (on or upon)
verben·larged, en·larg·ing, en·larg·es
- To make larger in size.
- To make larger in scope or effect; expand: enlarge our understanding of comets. See Synonyms at increase.
- To become larger; grow or swell.
- To speak or write at greater length or in greater detail; elaborate: enlarged upon the plan.
Origin of enlargeMiddle English enlargen from Old French enlargier en- causative pref. ; see en- 1. large large ; see large .
(third-person singular simple present enlarges, present participle enlarging, simple past and past participle enlarged)
- To make larger.
- To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc.
- Knowledge enlarges the mind.
- (intransitive) To speak at length upon or on (some subject)
- (archaic) To release; to set at large.
- (nautical) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.
From Old French enlarger.
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