Definition and Meanings for enlarge

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Enlarge is ranked 7,659 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of enlarge

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of enlarge

of. enlargier; pref. en- (l. in) + f. large wide. see large

Meaning of enlarge


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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 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.
  • to set at large or set free.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate.
  • to get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.
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