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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlargeverb

    make larger

    "She enlarged the flower beds"

  2. blow up, enlarge, magnifyverb

    make large

    "blow up an image"

  3. enlargeverb

    become larger or bigger

  4. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilateverb

    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"


  1. enlargeverb

    To make larger.

  2. enlargeverb

    To speak at length upon or on (some subject)

  3. enlargeverb

    To release; to set at large.

  4. enlargeverb

    To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Enlargeverb

    Etymology: elargir, French.

    The wall, in lustre and effect like glass,
    Which o’er each object casting various dyes,
    Enlarges some, and others multiplies. Alexander Pope, Temp. of Fame.

    Where there is something both lasting and scarce, and so valuable to be hoarded up, there men will not be apt to enlarge their possessions of land. John Locke.

    O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 2 Cor. vi. 11.

    Though she appear honest to me, yet at other places she enlargeth her mirth so far, that there is shrewd construction made of her. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    It hath grown from no other root than only a desire to enlarge the necessary use of the word of God, which desire hath begotten an errour, enlarging it farther than soundness of truth will bear. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 1.

    This is that science which would truly enlarge mens minds, were it studied. John Locke.

    Could the mind, as in number, come to so small a part of extension or duration as excluded divisibility, that would be the indivisible unit, or idea; by repetition of which it would make its more enlarged ideas of extension and duration. John Locke.

    Enlarge the man committed yesterday,
    That rail’d against our person. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    They enlarged themselves upon this subject with all the invidious insinuations they could devise. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

  2. To Enlargeverb

    To expatiate; to speak in many words.

    They appointed the chancellor of the Exchequer to enlarge upon any of those particulars. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    This is a theme so unpleasant, I delight not to enlarge on it; rather wish the memory of it were extinct. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlargeverb

    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

  2. Enlargeverb

    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

  3. Enlargeverb

    to set at large or set free

  4. Enlargeverb

    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 rarefaction

  5. Enlargeverb

    to speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate

  6. Enlargeverb

    to get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enlarge

    en-lärj′, v.t. to make larger: to increase in size or quantity: to expand: to amplify discourse: to set free.—v.i. to grow large or larger: to be diffuse in speaking or writing: to expatiate.—adj. Enlarged′.—adv. Enlar′gedly.—ns. Enlar′gedness; Enlarge′ment, act of enlarging: state of being enlarged: increase: extension: diffuseness of speech or writing: a setting at large: release. [O. Fr. enlargeren (=L. in), large, large.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. enlarge

    The wind is said to enlarge when it veers from the side towards the stern.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlarge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlarge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of enlarge in a Sentence

  1. Grace Mugabe:

    I might have a small fist. But when it comes to fighting, I will put stones inside to enlarge it. Do not doubt my capabilities.

  2. National Police spokesman Prawut Thavonsiri:

    These mix of chemicals you can easily obtain anywhere legally, but when you combine them, they become a chemical that is quick to catch fire and can be developed to become a detonator, this formula can also be used to enlarge the radius of the bomb. It could be used for both of the bombings. But when the bomb detonates, this element (if used in the bomb) would disappear immediately because it's an amplifier.

  3. Seymour Kagan:

    The president or someone in the VA should change the rule to reflect the pandemic and enlarge the vaccination program to any veteran, this would have the added benefit of increasing the distribution of the vaccine at a faster rate rather than going through the states -- it would also reduce the demand on the states of those people who are veterans who would get the shot directly through the VA clinic.

  4. Grace Mugabe:

    There are many people, including whites, running wildlife conservancies and no one questions their status. Those settlers at Manzou will have to leave. If they are genuine farmers who want land suitable for farming, then they should approach relevant offices. i might have a small fist. But when it comes to fighting, I will put stones inside to enlarge it. Do not doubt my capabilities.

  5. Zep Lee:

    Definitely, we will continue to enlarge our fleet and increase our number of aircraft in the future, growth in the number of our self-owned aircraft will be in the double-digits next year.

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