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Definition of the verb enlarge

What does enlarge mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: enlarged | enlarging | enlarges

  1. make larger
  2. make large
  3. become larger or bigger
    • example: Their earnings enlarge this year
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: grow = become larger, greater, or bigger
    • more specific words: amplify / magnify = increase in size, volume or significance
  4. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Alternative definition of the verb enlarge


  1. [transitive] To make larger.
  2. [intransitive] To speak at length upon or on (some subject)
  3. [archaic] To release; to set at large.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for enlarge

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Google previewNo Sacred Place (2011)

Bad Faith, Lies, and Illusions by Ivan Hugh Walters

The salient point that comes through all of this discourse is that to deny or belittle this good, in this dangerous century when the resources and pretensions of power continue to enlarge is a fulfilling error. Man cannot give up the struggle ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

—It hath grown from no other root than only a defire to enlarge the necessary use of the word of God, which desire hath begótten an errours enlarging it farther than fondness of truth will bear. Hooker, 7.

Google previewMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts (2012)

by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

light and dark-blue ocrylic point now-r0 Enlarge the whale template and place it on an unpainted stool.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

enlarge has figurative senses (extend or broaden) in legal writing that it lacks in other contexts. Thus it is used of abstractions like powers and even time.

Google previewA new Law Dictionary ... to which is added an outline of an action at law and of a suit in equity, etc (1846)

by Henry James HOLTHOUSE

ENLARGE, To. To extend. The word is commonly applied in reference to the time given by the courts to parties to appear to oppose or support a rule.

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Usage statistics about enlarge

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb enlarge:


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Quotes about enlarge

To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun. (Robert Burton)
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Scrabble value of E1N1L1A1R1G2E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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