What does enlargement mean?

Definitions for enlargement
ɛnˈlɑrdʒ mənten·large·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expansion, enlargementnoun

    the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

  2. enlargementnoun

    the state of being enlarged

  3. expansion, enlargement, elaborationnoun

    a discussion that provides additional information

  4. enlargement, blowup, magnificationnoun

    a photographic print that has been enlarged


  1. enlargementnoun

    The act of making something larger.

    Rick was ashamed about the size of his penis, so he had a penis enlargement.

  2. enlargementnoun

    A making more obvious or serious; exacerbation.

    ''1874 Thomas Hardy, 'Far From the Madding Crowd'', 2005 Barnes & Noble Classics publication of 1912 Wessex edition, p337:

  3. enlargementnoun

    An image, particularly a photograph, that has been enlarged.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Enlargementnoun

    Etymology: from enlarge.

    The king afterwards enlarged the constant obedience of the city with enlargement both of liberties and of revenues. John Hayward.

    The ocean, which so long our hopes confin’d,
    Could give no limits to his vaster mind:
    Our bounds enlargement was his latest toil,
    Nor hath he left us pris’ners to our isle. Edmund Waller.

    There never were any islands, or other considerable parcels of land, amassed or heaped up; nor any enlargement, or addition of earth, made to the continent by the mud that is carried down into the sea by rivers. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    The commons in Rome generally pursued the enlargement of their power by more set quarrels of one entire assembly against another. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissent. in Athens and Rome.

    The Greek tongue received many enlargements between the time of and that of Plutarch. Jonathan Swift.

    At our enlargement what are thy due fees? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    If thou holdest thy peace at the time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place. Esther iv. 14.

    And all who told it, added something new;
    And all who heard it, made enlargements too. Alexander Pope.

    He concluded with an enlargement upon the vices and corruptions which were got into the army. Edward Hyde, b. viii.


  1. enlargement

    Enlargement is a process or instance of becoming larger in size, volume, quantity, or scope. In mathematics, it refers to a transformation that changes the size of an object without altering its shape or orientation. In photography, it's a process to increase the size of a photographic print. In biology, it refers to an organ or body part becoming larger due to swelling or other conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlargementnoun

    the act of increasing in size or bulk, real or apparent; the state of being increased; augmentation; further extension; expansion

  2. Enlargementnoun

    expansion or extension, as of the powers of the mind; ennoblement, as of the feelings and character; as, an enlargement of views, of knowledge, of affection

  3. Enlargementnoun

    a setting at large, or being set at large; release from confinement, servitude, or distress; liberty

  4. Enlargementnoun

    diffusiveness of speech or writing; expatiation; a wide range of discourse or argument

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. enlargement

    The act of going or being allowed to go beyond the prescribed limits; as the extending the boundaries of an arrest, when the officer is said to be enlarged, or under arrest at large.

  2. enlargement

    Enlargements of the bore and vent are injuries suffered by all cannon that are much used. The term is technically applied to certain injuries to brass cannon. See Injuries to Cannon.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlargement in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlargement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

  1. William Catalona:

    We don’t know what causes benign prostatic enlargement, it’s one of the great mysteries, and we really wish we did because it’s such a prevalent condition, sometimes men need to get up every hour at night.

  2. Dartmouth College anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva:

    Our science has known for decades that upright walking, bipedalism, preceded brain enlargement over the course of human evolution. But never before has it been so obvious. Homo naledi possessed a strikingly modern human-like foot, even though its brain was only about one-third the size of our brains today.

  3. Maja Bobic:

    Our fear is that following Brexit the enlargement process could be slowed down.

  4. Andrey Kortunov:

    If it fails, it will be a big loss for Gazprom and the Russian economy, but it's not like the Russians will say okay, you can go ahead with the NATO enlargement, but as long as Nord Stream 2 is operational, that's fine, the question is what is [ Putin's ] ultimate aim ? He's got the money, the currency reserves that Russia has saved, it can afford to lose money right now... is the economic relationship, the pipeline, a cost he's willing to pay ?

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

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